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Pai: FCC to Act by Year-End on High-Cost Support Predictability

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pledged today during a Senate hearing to complete work by the end of this year on an effort launched in March to make universal service high-cost funding both predictable and sufficient.

Senators from both sides of the aisle repeatedly questioned the Commissioners during the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's FCC oversight hearing about the map the agency is using to determine which areas of the country do not have 4G LTE wireless service and thus are eligible for support in the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) auction. They criticized the map for not reflecting what they said are the realities on the ground in their states, where the ability to send a text depends on which side of the house one is in or "where the sun is in the sky," Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.) said.

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