On Tuesday, the FCC announced that it will set aside up to $ 9 billion over the next 10 years to fund the expansion of 5G wireless broadband in rural America This is in addition to the $ 20 billion already allocated for the expansion of wired broadband in rural America during the same period, but the date of the auction is so fixed for now Today, FCC holds auction to distribute funds for first phase of wireline broadband initiative This should make it easier to expand 5G networks in the future, but fiber actually needs to be deployed for 5G to excel and data used to dictate who gets what must actually be good Otherwise it’s a big potential waste of money
During the first phase of the 5G fund distribution, $ 8 billion will be spent on expanding 5G and 4G LTE services in “areas lacking 4G LTE or unsubsidized 5G mobile broadband”, with $ 680 million earmarked specifically for vendors expanding their services on tribal lands, according to FCC
The second phase will devote the remaining billion dollars, along with the funds remaining from the first phase, to « deploying technologically innovative 5G networks that facilitate precision agriculture » or using new technologies to increase crop yields while using less land, water, fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides
For a 5G operator to qualify for subsidies, its networks must provide at least 35/3 Mbps to underserved and unserved rural areas, as well as deploy the service to a specific number of households at certain stages: three years and six years In addition, any operator who « already has high-cost legacy mobile support » must spend more of that money on top of the new grant to roll out wireless broadband to more regions
Basically, the FCC expects all recipients of this grant to spend it on time to develop wireless broadband Carriers shouldn’t be like Frontier, which has not been able to meet its obligation to provide government-funded service in enough rural areas by the start of this year.
But here’s a big problem: The FCC is still doing a massive overhaul of its broadband service cards in an effort to accurately reflect which areas of the country are receiving service or not. « We are building this auction without basing it on actual data This is because we continue to make slow efforts to correct our charts and in fact, » FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement. « We need this data to know which communities don’t have wireless service and how much it will really cost to reach them. But instead we build the ship and set sail while the compass is still out of stock «
Rosenworcel also highlighted the need for the FCC to do something about internet adoption rates, noting that « three to four times as many households outside rural areas don’t have broadband to home ”and that there is no fundraising initiative to improve Internet for urban households
Many students in the Santa Ana Unified School District in Santa Ana, Calif., for example, rely on an « in-car » Wi-Fi system to access the Internet so they can go to school remotely Every day , vans operated by JFL Transportation will park in the city to provide as many students as possible with 5G wireless service so they don’t fall behind academically Everyone works and goes to school from home, this creates a lot of internet traffic in dense cities like Santa Ana and can make some of the most basic things on the internet like video conferencing or downloading homework impossible. Google Classroom
Since the FCC is running these rural broadband auctions without precisely measuring where the service is needed, remembering not to address the issue of internet adoption in urban areas, it is really difficult to say how successful these auctions will be and who will make it take the money. Should it go to companies like Spectrum or Verizon? HughesNet or SpaceX? Satellite is not the most reliable, cheapest, or fastest form of the Internet, and wired broadband ISPs are extremely reluctant to spend their own money to build the cable and fiber infrastructure needed for high speeds. Optimal 5G Municipal broadband is blocked or banned outright in about half of the states in the US, and the FCC just voted to maintain its repeal of net neutrality Maybe if the internet was classified as a utility that would solve some of these problems
Nothing rural is easy to provide Water, electricity, radio, television, various products and sundries, medicines It’s called rural for a reason
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