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The FCC releases its first mobile broadband map

2021-08-06 17:12 by
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The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new map designed to show consumers what kind of cellular coverage they can expect in a given area from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. It's been a long time coming, and it looks like an improvement over the agency's past attempts to show gaps in the nation's broadband coverage, which were woefully inadequate and inaccurate.

To use the map, you hit this link and then toggle on overlays for AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. You can choose options of LTE Voice or LTE Data for each, with each carrier's color adding another layer. There may be a similar tool elsewhere that lets you easily put all of these carriers up against one other, but this is from the FCC and should be pretty trustworthy.

The data you see on the map is accurate as of May 15th, 2021, and you can use the tool to compare what coverage looks like in your area away from the often misleading and confusing maps offered by AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon. The tool is the result of last year's Broadband DATA Act, which requires the FCC to collect and release robust data comparing different wired, fixed-wireless, satellite and mobile broadband service providers. To compile the map, the FCC collected standardized propagation information from the carriers. It also asked the public to help.

But the data itself might not be 100 percent accurate, having been submitted "voluntarily" by the four aforementioned carriers, at least three of which were found guilty of grossly misrepresenting their 4G LTE coverage not that long ago.

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