The FCC president will propose $ 9 billion in funds for rural wireless coverage for 10 years

(Add the Verizon statement, details on the uses of 5G in rural America) By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (Reuters) - Federal Communications Commission President Ajit Pai said Wednesday that he will propose $ 9 billion in funds over 10 years to boost next-generation 5G wireless coverage in rural areas of the United States. . That figure is roughly double what Pai proposed last year during the same period and would be intended to help bring 5G networks to sparsely populated rural areas that often struggle to gain access to wireless services or the Internet. We must ensure that 5G narrows rather than widens the digital divide and that rural Americans receive the benefits that come from wireless innovation, Pai said in a statement. Pai plans to formally propose rules for financing early next year and said he would reserve at least $ 1 billion for precision agriculture. Farmers around the world are implementing next-generation wireless technology for agricultural uses such as crop monitoring and water temperature measurement. and salt concentration. The financing will come from the FCC Universal Service Fund, derived from surcharges on the telephone service. It also provides subsidies to schools and libraries. Last month, the FCC voted 5-0 to ban the financing of equipment from companies it considers national security threats, including Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp. Pai had proposed a $ 4.5 billion fund during the same period, but canceled it last year until the FCC could extensively review 4G LTE coverage maps. An FCC staff report published on Wednesday said coverage maps presented by Verizon Communications Corp, US Cellular Corp and T-Mobile Us Inc probably exaggerated the actual coverage of each provider and did not reflect field performance in many cases. . Verizon said he was not responsible for the agency's coverage mapping problem. The industry told the FCC more than two years ago how to build a coverage map that aligns better with real-world experiences. For policy reasons, the FCC rejected the industry consensus proposal in favor of a broader definition of coverage. Verizon simply followed the instructions of the FCC. The other operators did not comment immediately. The FCC found that the minimum download speeds were achieved in only 62% of personnel tests and personnel could not obtain any 4G LTE signal in many driving tests. The FCC told reporters at a conference call on Wednesday that Pai did not plan to take enforcement actions against carriers as a result of the findings. The FCC said it plans to award the funds in a reverse auction. (Report by David Shepardson in Washington Edited by Tom Brown and Matthew Lewis) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)