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FCC fronting carriers $4.5B for 10Mbps speeds in rural areas, T-Mobile's 5Mbps offer shot down

FCC fronting carriers $4.5B for 10Mbps speeds in rural areas, T-Mobile's 5Mbps offer shot down
The FCC will be funding Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to the tune of $4.53 billion to expand their wireless networks in sparsely populated rural areas, and ensure 10Mbps minimum download speeds. The move is part of its Mobility Fund Phase II auction, and the dough will be distributed to carriers over a 10-year period. The full statement of the FCC is worth reading, be it only for the jab pointed at T-Mobile, which argued for much lower minimum speeds requirement:


About 3 million people in the US live in areas with no or very spotty LTE coverage, an the FCC is intent to do something about it. The second phase of its rural network plan was supposed to start a few years back, but arguments over fund allocation and tower sharing were gumming up the works until this very moment.

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