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FCC replaces flawed mobility fund with new $9bn rural 5G program

In the USA, the FCC has unveiled plans to scrap its Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II), after a probe found that several operators – including T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular – had submitted overstated LTE coverage maps. FCC chair Ajit Pai proposes subsidies of up to $9bn – including the $4.5bn originally earmarked for LTE under MF-II – for rural mobile 5G over the next 10 years. About $1bn of the new fund will be allocated specifically for precision agriculture. The Competitive Carriers Association (CAA), which represents smaller and rural operators, said it supported the move to end MF-II, saying that reporting methods and coverage maps were “fatally flawed”. CCA president Steven Berry said in a statement: “I welcome the recommendation…

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