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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12 Comments

1. black.inco unregistered

This is a good move by the FCC. Most people living in rural areas still have to deal with dial-up speeds. So, this will give them some relief.

2. KingSam

Posts: 1403; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Meanwhile LTE is almost non-existent in Jamaica. I think I get 4mb mobile data. It's expensive and there isn't any unlimited. With cloud services, streaming and such being more internet reliant it's going to become a major problem.

3. black.inco unregistered

Wow, that's ridiculous. But I agree that's going to be a major issue, if not already. Hopefully, services in your area will improve soon.

4. fyah_king unregistered

Because, there's not that many peeps living in Jamaica.

6. black.inco unregistered

About 3 million. That's sufficient enough, not including tourists.

5. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

7. AxelFoley unregistered

So let me get this straight....we need to end Net Neutrality to get the government's hands off the internet providers. Then, the government needs to pay the providers $4.5 billion in tax money for better internet in rural areas. Okay.

8. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

They do need to do something about it . I live in L.A. but have travelled to other places like Santa rosa , Modesto, Salinas, Santa Cruz ,Gilroy, and as of now 2018 all carriers are sometimes bad have family on all carriers At&t ,T-Mobile, sprint that live in those places which are kinda rural and lte on all carriers even Verizon which I have is deff less than 5 mbps with full bars lte sometimes outside it's not as good and reliable as it is in the bigger cities ,sometimes I would drop down to 3G evdo OUTSIDE which is even worse and they would fall back to hspa on at&t and T-Mobile which also was real bad .

9. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

More hand out (welfare) for big companies!

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

All they FCC needs to do, is give the people living in this area money and expertise to do it their selves!

11. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Nah, as one of those people I can say we'd have one hell of a bonfire.

12. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

5mpbs? Really Tmobile? If this doesn't prove all you TMobile sheep have been brainwashed by their shady tactics and Legere's ugly pug face...I don't know what will.

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