The FCC today stated that it will investigate whether "large airlines" provided inaccurate information about their coverage areas when the agency determined where to send funds for rural broadband.
The Mobility Fund II project is expected to provide more than $ 4.5 billion to support the expansion of mobile broadband service in rural areas. As part of the project, the FCC requested cover cards from the operators to identify which areas needed support.
The agency said a review of more than 20 million speed tests raises serious questions about the accuracy of the data and has examined the next steps in the project.
FCC leader Ajit Pai said improving the broadband access in rural areas has been a key objective of the agency. However, in the past, the FCC has been criticized for its cards, most recently after a Microsoft report found that broadband access was less widespread than the agency's number suggested. "Suggested major breaches of the Commission's rules."
"That's why I ordered an investigation into this matter," Pai said. "We need to make sure the data is correct before we can proceed." The declaration did not name any carriers by name.