CCA blasts FCC’s rural 5G Fund eligibility maps

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday released a staff report detailing what state-by-state eligibility might look under one option for the agency’s proposed $9 billion rural 5G Fund, but the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) called the approach “extremely concerning.”

In its new analysis (PDF) that includes state maps showing eligibility, the FCC relied on U.S. Census Bureau population and geographic data, and considered how rural any given area was using information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural-Urban Commuting Area to categorize census tracts.

Overall, the report finds that as much 67% of land in 49 states and three U.S. territories could be eligible for support. In terms of population, about 24.7 million or 8% of the U.S. population could be eligible.

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