Today’s Regulatory Mix: FCC Releases Broadband Map, FCC Updates Broadband Minimum Lifeline Service Standard
FCC Releases Broadband Map
The FCC revealed a brand-new map showing mobile coverage and availability data in the U.S. from the country’s largest wireless providers. Touting it as the “first of-its-kind,” the map shows updated mobile coverage released by the FCC, which it asserts is a significant improvement over other data previously published by the agency.This map, according to the FCC, provides a glimpse into how mobile data collected by the FCC under the Broadband DATA Act will look when mapped. But it is a work in progress. “A good map is one that changes over time. Today’s new map represents progress in our efforts to implement the Broadband DATA Act and build next-generation broadband maps that can help to connect 100 percent of Americans,” Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said. “Using improved systems and data, we can provide better information about where broadband service is and is not across the country. While much work remains, I congratulate the Broadband Data Task Force for moving full speed ahead on this essential mission.”
FCC Updates Broadband Minimum Lifeline Service Standard
The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) announced updated minimum service standard levels for speed and data capacity for Lifeline-supported mobile and fixed broadband services. The new standards will take effect on December 1, 2021.
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of an Inteserra Briefing.