The news: ISPs submitting inaccurate coverage information to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are compromising which parts of the US can get access to a $42.5 billion broadband fund, per Ars Technica.
Can’t trust carriers’ maps: Wireless providers overstating their coverage continue to complicate efforts to identify underserved communities.
The problem: Inaccuracies in the FCC map will block competitors from obtaining subsidies and competing in certain markets because maps show they are already being served. Those areas could lose out on billions in federal funds as a result.
Key takeaway: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration plans to issue grants by June 30, but given the questionable nature of carriers’ claims, this deadline should be moved until a trusted body can provide an accurate and updated coverage picture.
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