4 months after getting a problem declaring that Verizon “grossly overemphasized” its 4G LTE protection in federal government filings, the Federal Communications Commission states that a minimum of one provider is obviously guilty of considerable guidelines offenses.
The FCC did not call any particular provider in its statement and did not react to our concern about whether Verizon is amongst the providers being examined. However the examination was obviously set off by a problem about Verizon submitted in August by the Rural Wireless Association (RWA).
The RWA, which represents rural providers, made its case to the FCC by sending speed test information. The speed tests revealed the Verizon network wasn’t offering 4G LTE service in locations that Verizon declared to cover, according to the RWA.
Unreliable protection maps might make it challenging for rural providers to get cash from the Movement Fund, a federal government fund planned for unserved locations.
” An initial evaluation of speed test information sent through the obstacle procedure recommended considerable offenses of the Commission’s guidelines,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated Friday in his statement of the FCC examination.
The FCC stated its examination concentrates on “whether several significant providers broke the Movement Fund Stage II (MF-II) reverse auction’s mapping guidelines and sent inaccurate protection maps.”
Verizon rejected filing incorrect protection map
The FCC in 2015 needed Verizon and other providers to submit maps and information suggesting their present 4G LTE protection in order to assist the FCC figure out where to disperse as much as $ 4.5 billion in Movement Fund cash over the next 10 years.
The RWA stated that Verizon “fil[ed] a sham protection map as a method of disrupting the capability of rural providers to continue to get universal service assistance in backwoods.” Verizon rejected any misdeed at the time, stating, “we are positive that our Movement Fund map is completely constant with the FCC’s mapping requirements.”
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr stated he supports Pai’s choice to examine.
” It is deeply worrying that FCC personnel’s initial analysis of the obstacle information reveals that a person or more significant providers possibly broke the Commission’s MF-II mapping guidelines and sent inaccurate maps,” Carr stated Friday. “Today’s statement lines up with issues I showed Chairman Pai, and I anticipate dealing with him and our able personnel to finish this examination.”
Carr kept in mind that he “spoken with companies serving the Oklahoma panhandle and neighborhoods throughout rural America.” The RWA states that Verizon wrongly declares to cover practically all of the Oklahoma Panhandle, a location of 14,77847 square kilometers. However 89 percent of speed tests from the Oklahoma Panhandle were “listed below 5Mbps download speed or did not sign up 4G LTE service at all on Verizon-designated handsets,” the RWA stated.
The FCC remains in the middle of a difficulty procedure that lets providers challenge the information sent by other providers. Rural companies state they have actually needed to commit “huge time and funds” to drive tests in order to challenge Verizon’s maps.
The FCC has actually suspended the next stage of the obstacle procedure pending the outcomes of the examination. “We need to guarantee that the information is precise prior to we can continue,” Pai stated.