Verify Your City is Eligible for Mobile Broadband Infrastructure Funding

Cities are encouraged to submit speed data through an online portal to potentially secure new FCC funding.
(Published Jul 2, 2018)

This information has been provided by Angelina Panettieri with the National League of Cities. She can be reached at panettieri@nlc.org or by phone at (202) 626-3196.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is launching a new program to bring advanced wireless services primarily to rural areas, and local government officials from communities that have been initially categorized as ineligible for program support have the opportunity to challenge that determination until Aug. 27.

This challenge process is critical to ensuring the success of the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II), a new FCC program that will invest $4.53 billion over 10 years to bring 4G LTE wireless services to unserved areas, primarily in rural America. MF-II will use a reverse auction to target funding at areas that lack unsubsidized service with minimum download speeds of at least 5 megabits per second.

The challenge process will give communities an opportunity to submit speed test data through a new Universal Service Administrative Company portal to show that an area lacks adequate coverage to qualify as already served and should therefore be eligible for support. The MF-II Challenge Process portal is open through Aug. 27.

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