Trade Group Asks FCC to Investigate Whether Verizon Is Lying About Its 4G Coverage Area

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Trade group the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) has filed a request that the Federal Communications Commission investigate whether Verizon is lying about the extent of its 4G LTE network, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday.

According to Ars Technica, the request comes as the FCC prepares to determine how to distribute $4.5 billion in Mobility Fund money over the next decade—funds that are primarily intended to help expand 4G coverage in rural areas. In their filing, the RWA claims that Verizon has “grossly overstated” the extent of their coverage and filed a “sham coverage map.” Though the FCC allows other carriers to challenge their competitors’ coverage maps, the RWA wrote that they are “expending enormous time and financial resources in their efforts due to inaccurate data submitted by Verizon” and asked the FCC to intervene.