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FCC map: Large areas not covered by mobile broadband
Macworld.com ^

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 agency’s mobile broadband fund, part of the FCC’s 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 FCC’s Connect America Fund, we’re helping complete our nation’s wired and wireless infrastructure, which will lead to job creation, economic growth, and innovation in the 21st century.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3g; broadband; fcc
Looking at the map, the amount of area they seem to be willing to spend money on, in say, western and northern Alaska is scary.
1 posted on 02/10/2012 4:50:55 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Large areas are not covered by people either.

Nearly $70M of Porkulus here to bring broadband to cornfields, pastures, and cow barns


2 posted on 02/10/2012 4:52:55 PM PST by bigbob
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To: matt04
HORRORS! Give 'em one of these:


3 posted on 02/10/2012 4:53:46 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: matt04

Oh no! I cant use my FR app in the river bottom?

Horrors!


4 posted on 02/10/2012 4:55:25 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: bigbob

It’s our constitutional right to have wireless broadband. er uh . . . wait maybe not. I’ll have to go check. /s


5 posted on 02/10/2012 4:55:41 PM PST by BipolarBob (When do the salmon return to Capistrano?)
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To: matt04

Get the areas not covered filled in and the freeloaders will be demanding FREE “smart” phones. That’s gonna cost us.


6 posted on 02/10/2012 4:56:23 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (FOX News! In the barrel for Barry!)
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To: freedumb2003

Amen


7 posted on 02/10/2012 4:56:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: matt04

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.


8 posted on 02/10/2012 5:00:34 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: matt04
"...millions of Americans still live, work, and travel in areas where advanced mobile networks have not been built out,”

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.

9 posted on 02/10/2012 5:04:25 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: matt04

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.


10 posted on 02/10/2012 5:04:32 PM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: matt04

How did the pioneers ever manage without broadband coverage?


11 posted on 02/10/2012 5:07:26 PM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: matt04
Some of my favorite places..


12 posted on 02/10/2012 5:07:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: BipolarBob

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!


13 posted on 02/10/2012 5:12:47 PM PST by bigbob
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To: mylife

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?


14 posted on 02/10/2012 5:14:59 PM PST by yarddog
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To: freedumb2003

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.


15 posted on 02/10/2012 5:16:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: matt04

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.


16 posted on 02/10/2012 5:22:20 PM PST by JustSurrounded (Repeal it all.)
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To: yarddog

Well I still use topo maps and a compass


17 posted on 02/10/2012 6:22:11 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: matt04
On the one hand, they use Agenda 21 to end private property and drive all non-ruling class peasants into inner-city housing projects, and on the other hand they want to cover the entire country with free wifi.

It seems like all they are really after is government cash.

18 posted on 02/10/2012 6:48:20 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (FOREIGN AID: A transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries)
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To: mylife

Why wouldn’t GPS work in the Himalayas?


19 posted on 02/10/2012 7:04:19 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

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?


20 posted on 02/10/2012 7:16:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
You may want to check this out.

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomagmodels/struts/calcDeclination

21 posted on 02/10/2012 7:16:57 PM PST by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: mylife

The Himalayas is probably one place on earth I would most want GPS.


22 posted on 02/10/2012 7:37:01 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: matt04

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.


23 posted on 02/10/2012 7:39:22 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: matt04

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.


24 posted on 02/10/2012 7:40:52 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Inyo-Mono
My cell phone barely works in my office here.

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.

25 posted on 02/10/2012 9:11:25 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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