The FCC plans to spend more than $ 4.5 billion over the next decade to help airlines protect rural areas. Many of these areas would otherwise be too expensive for service providers to build their networks. Promoters can tell the government how cheap they can extend coverage to these areas, and the government will provide subsidies from the fund to them.
The investigation follows an initial review of more than 20 million submitted speed tests with the FCC, which showed network capabilities in 37 states. The airlines had to provide the information so that the Agency could identify the areas where an extension was needed.
The mapping process alleged that service providers lied, that competing companies could not obtain subsidies and expand networks in their regions. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin challenged the cards last month, claiming that operators are trying to avoid networks in areas that do not bring a big return on investment. No company was mentioned in the ongoing investigation, although Verizon (to which Oad, the parent company of Engadget belongs) had previously been accused of misleading the FCC on its LTE coverage.