Congressman Frank Lucas Leads Letter to Chairman Pai on Rural Wireless, Broadband ChallengesFri, 07 Sep 2018 14:40:27 CDT
Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) and the rest of the Oklahoma delegation sent a letter to Chairman Pai urging him to take adequate time for the evaluation of any challenges to the submissions of other carriers regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) Challenge Process.
“The current challenge process in place with the FCC is burdensome and costly to smaller wireless and broadband carriers in rural Oklahoma,” said Rep. Frank Lucas. “In order to allow rural America to benefit from today’s technological advantages, Chairman Pai must allot more time to the evaluation process to ensure proper data has been submitted.”
In part, the letter states:
“We have heard concerns from several rural providers in Oklahoma, specifically those providing wireless mobile coverage, that the Commission’s request of companies fails to ensure sufficiently accurate maps can be produced to guide the Mobility Fund auction. Challenging those coverage maps is extremely costly for rural carriers, many of whom already operate on tight margins and slim budgets to provide basic services to their subscribers. For instance, prospective challengers must complete time-consuming speed tests to verify the claims by other carriers. Considering the stakes for Oklahomans and other rural residents nationwide, we therefore urge the Commission to critically examine all submissions from all carriers for accuracy and consistency. Areas that are incorrectly deemed as ‘served’ will not receive Universal Service Fund assistance for perhaps a decade, which would adversely affect economic development and general quality of life in rural America.”
View full letter by clicking the linke, below.
Source - The Office of Congressman Frank Lucas
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