FCC investigating broadband providers over coverage claims2023-02-17 18:15 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, broadband
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened up an investigation into whether US broadband providers have potentially misled their level of coverage.
State and local officials, consultants and federal lawmakers have accused wireless providers of overstating the breadth and quality of their service in their reports to regulators. Broad claims of coverage could block potential rivals from obtaining subsidies that would let them more aggressively compete with the established providers.
At issue are claims by carriers that they already provide high-speed internet service to rural and other underserved areas where it's not actually available. The investigation comes as the Biden Administration is gearing up to issue $42.5 billion in subsidies to help broadband providers increase Internet access in rural and underserved areas across the country.
The Federal Communications Commission has multiple investigations involving several service providers, an agency spokesperson told Bloomberg News. The agency declined to say which providers it is investigating.
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