Skip to comments.FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband
Posted on 02/10/2012 4:50:50 PM PST by matt04
Large portions of the western half of the U.S. do not have access to 3G or faster mobile broadband service, according to a new map released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
The map, released by the FCC Friday, shows large parts of Alaska, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Texas and Montana as not having 3G or faster mobile broadband service. The map shows nearly all states have some areas uncovered by 3G service, including parts of New York and Pennsylvania and large parts of West Virginia and Maine.
The areas identified in the map will be eligible for service through the agencys mobile broadband fund, part of the FCCs new Connect America broadband fund, the agency said.
As our new map demonstrates, millions of Americans still live, work, and travel in areas where advanced mobile networks have not been built out, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. Through the FCCs Connect America Fund, were helping complete our nations wired and wireless infrastructure, which will lead to job creation, economic growth, and innovation in the 21st century.
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Large areas are not covered by people either.
Nearly $70M of Porkulus here to bring broadband to cornfields, pastures, and cow barns
Oh no! I cant use my FR app in the river bottom?
It’s our constitutional right to have wireless broadband. er uh . . . wait maybe not. I’ll have to go check. /s
Get the areas not covered filled in and the freeloaders will be demanding FREE “smart” phones. That’s gonna cost us.
You know what slays me?
People that think they have a right to GPS in the Himalayas!
Can any one read a map or calculate magnetic declination anymore?
If you cant you probably shouldn’t be out there to begin with.
And I'm one of them. Which is why I try and stress the importance of not relying on cell phones when tourists visit the backcountry here. My cell phone barely works in my office here.
By the time they get 3G to all those blackout spots (uninhabited mountainous areas, mostly), everyone else will be using some new satellite system, and cell towers will be extinct.
How did the pioneers ever manage without broadband coverage?
Well technically, according to my buddy who runs an ISP, people think they have a constitutional right to PORN, and they demand broadband in order to get it!
I don’t have to worry about magnetic declination from true North where I live. It is zero.
Actually it is a little irritating to read a story about a hunter in Africa being mauled by a buffalo and them calling for assistance on a cell phone when I cannot get one which works here in Florida.
High speed internet. What is that?
I got to admit that I throw a long wire over a tree at times and hook it up to a shortwave when I am in remote places just to see what I can receive, but I’m generally enamored of places like that so much that I am just looking at the stars or the fire.
Doesn’t this mean these are places they can’t so easily track you, either. I suspect a push for coverage has nothing to do with providing service to individuals.
Well I still use topo maps and a compass
It seems like all they are really after is government cash.
Why wouldn’t GPS work in the Himalayas?
I don’t know that it doesn’t. My points who is so anal retentive that they need that stuff in remote locations like that?
The Himalayas is probably one place on earth I would most want GPS.
Looking at the South Dakota counties supposedly “under served” most do not have enough population to make any sense of providing service. In one of these counties a few years ago a half mile wide tornado was observed on the ground for more than 25 minutes and NO damage was reported.
This is ridiculous. Ten years ago nobody cared about such a thing. Now it’s a safe way to spend lots of money that we don’t have. Talk about misplaced priorities.
For 4 years, I was a consultant for CalTrans out of Southern CA, with regular visits to Inyo and Mono counties (CalTrans's District 9, based in Bishop.)
I considered those trips to District 9 a paid vacation, because while up in that area, my work cell phone was a little better than unusable. From the moment I passed into Inyo County on highway 395, I was virtually out of cell coverage range.
God, I miss it sometimes.