FCC May Scrap 4G Fund Over Exaggerated Carrier Data

Law360 (December 4, 2019, 5:53 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai floated a plan Wednesday that would replace a planned $4.5 billion subsidy for 4G mobile carriers after a yearlong FCC investigation revealed the carriers’ data promised more 4G coverage than they actually delivered.

In place of the Mobility Fund II program, Pai has proposed the 5G Fund that would rely on additional safeguards to allocate $9 billion to rural carriers over a decade, helping them reach far-flung populations with cutting-edge technology such as 5G-enabled precision agriculture. The additional $4.5 billion would be pulled from the FCC's Universal Service Fund, the pool of cash the FCC relies on to...

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