Presley: FCC’s data on cellphone, broadband availability inaccurate
by MBJ Staff
Published: December 21,2012
JACKSON — The Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the first in a series of filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) aimed at expanding cellular telephone coverage and high-speed Internet service in Mississippi.
The filings come in response to FCC requests for comments on coverage issues associated with its Mobility Fund and National Broadband Map, according to a release from Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. The FCC distributes funds for mobile and broadband assistance based on need, heightening the importance of accurate data on where such service is lacking.
Presley said the current maps on file with the FCC show that Mississippi is almost entirely covered with high-speed Internet service, which is inaccurate.
With the comments on the FCC’s Mobility Fund, Presley said the PSC would alert the FCC to nearly 3,600 instances of deficient mobile coverage in Mississippi identified by Commission “Zap the Gap” data.
Presley instituted the Zap the Gap program in 2009 in order to give rural wireless customers a means of reporting deficient coverage.
Presley said, “I want rural customers’ voices to be heard at the FCC.”
To push for universal broadband access, Presley said he is working with several state and federal agencies to correct the FCC’s National Broadband Map. Without correction, he said Mississippi would miss out on significant federal assistance.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Expert on airlines predicts Jackson-Evers will keep remaining carriers
- IKE TROTTER: There are primary changes in Social Security for 2014
- MAN OF STEEL: Madhu Ranade leading Severstal Columbus
- C Spire launches next phase of 1-gig service rollout
- Alcorn's finances being investigated; CFO resigns
- Keeping our eye on... Liz Lancaster
- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS MOVING — Mississippi company has the task of moving the football team
- GOP Sen. Thad Cochran to run for seventh term
- Hood issues opinion on open-carry gun law
- Texas company buys Tuscaloosa Marine Shale leases