ACA questions accuracy of FCC's National Broadband Map
Questioning the accuracy of the FCC's National Broadband Map, the American Cable Association told the Commission it shouldn't allow CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), USTelecom and other providers to use federal subsidies to build broadband networks in areas that are already served by small cable operators.
The FCC launched its interactive National Broadband Map in 2011 and is using the map to help decide which telcos are eligible to receive payments from its Connect America Fund, which is focused on expanding broadband access to rural areas. ACA said several of its members, including Cable One, Armstrong Utilities, Massillon Cable TV and Nittany Media, have submitted data that shows cable broadband speeds of up to 20 Mbps are available in areas that the broadband map says are unserved.
"Submissions of ACA members regarding these inaccuracies were provided with specifically identified areas and certifications. The FCC should accept these as sufficient to correct the NBM and to dismiss challenges," ACA CEO Matt Polka said in a prepared statement.
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