But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.
$4.53 billion in federal funds are in limbo, while some are wondering if another $10 billion is needed to get Next Generation 9-1-1 off the ground in outlying areas.
Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.
The move will pave the way for an unscheduled 5G rollout, though the telecom giant was mum on any city concessions in the new agreement.
Proponents say incentivized mesh networks offer cheaper, faster service stood up by local entrepreneurs, civic hackers or homeowners associations.
Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.
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A consumer advocacy group said regulators are also to blame for the delay in getting service back up. Wireless carriers countered that they’ve restored service as quickly as possible.
Most efforts aimed at increasing spending, streamlining regulations.
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“Cutting [Universal Service Fund] support cuts the legs out of the business case for rural broadband in many places,” said one telecom CEO.
More than a third of Americans residing on tribal land lack high-speed internet access.
More cities are expected to jump on the effort to overturn the ruling.
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The Federal Communications Commission seems to think they’re part of the solution.
“My guess is they just ran out of time and patience for the process to play out,” said one local government advocate.
Some of the communities selected will be able to begin building within a matter of months.
While a federal committee struggles to reach consensus on a state broadband framework, the National League of Cities created its own, stressing local needs.
Local government representatives worry a new code will let wireless providers preempt localities.
Both Democrats and Republicans at a congressional hearing agreed that gaps in coverage are a problem. “We’ve got to kick somebody’s ass, truthfully,” said Sen. Jon Tester.
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