FCC investigation finds Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated coverage maps

An investigation by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) found that Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular overstated their 4G rural coverage, with only 62 percent of the FCC drive tests showing download speeds reported by the companies. The FCC was unable to receive any 4G signal in 21 percent of T-Mobile’s and 16 percent of Verizon’s coverage areas. 

As a result, the FCC canceled its planned $4.5 billion Mobility Fund II 4G LTE subsidy plan plans to replace it with a $9 billion 5G deployment fund. Instead of penalizing the carriers, the FCC will just send out an advisory reminding the carriers of potential punishment for exaggerating coverage maps.

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FCC won’t punish Verizon and T-Mobile for exaggerating their coverage maps (The Verge, Dec. 5, 2019)