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FCC ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF AMERICA’S FIRST ‘MOBILITY
FUND’ AUCTION: UP TO 83,000 NEW U.S. ROAD MILES ON WHICH
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS LIVE, WORK, OR TRAVEL WILL GAIN
ACCESS TO MOBILE INTERNET WITHIN 3 YEARS
Winning companies will begin build-out of advanced mobile infrastructure to 31 states with
areas that currently lack access; New mobile Internet service areas will help U.S. maintain
global leadership in mobile
(Washington, D.C.) - FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski today announced the winners of America’s first
‘Mobility Fund’ auction. This market-based policy innovation was part of the Commission’s once-in-a-
generation reform of the Universal Service Program last year, which allocated $300 million in savings
from cutting waste and inefficiency, to a new Mobility Fund aimed at closing gaps in mobile coverage
across the U.S. The effort marks the first time in history the Commission has made universal mobile
service an express universal service goal.
As a result of the auction, new mobile infrastructure deployment will begin in 31 states with areas that
currently lack access to 3G or 4G mobile service. In total, up to 83,000 new U.S. road miles on which
millions of Americans live, work, or travel will gain access to advanced mobile networks that
significantly enhance opportunities for jobs, education, healthcare and public safety. As part of the
auction rules, winning companies must complete projects within three years. They must also make their
networks available to other providers for roaming so that as many consumers as possible can benefit
from the new networks.
Thirty-eight companies and subsidiaries participated in the auction, submitting nearly 900 bids. Winners
ranged from larger national carriers like T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular to smaller carriers like Pine Belt
Cellular, Inc. in Alabama, and VTel Wireless, Inc. in Vermont. The Commission expects millions more
in private investment to complement the auction funding. A full list of winning companies is can be found
This auction is just the first step in the Commission’s new effort to provide support to accelerate mobile
deployment. The Commission will provide an additional $50 million in one-time support to Tribal Lands
and $500 million annually for ongoing support to mobile services in Phase II of Mobility Fund. This
funding all comes from savings from last year’s Universal Service reforms.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said
, “For too many, dead zones in mobile Internet coverage are
too common – and today’s winners will help the U.S. close those gaps. But today’s real winners are the
American people, millions of whom will soon have greater access to the job, education and healthcare
opportunities of America’s world-leading mobile economy. Over the last few years, the U.S. has
regained global leadership in mobile innovation – and today’s successful auction will help our nation
maintain that leadership in the 21st century.”
FOR AN INTERACTIVE MAP OF THE AREAS ACROSS THE UNITED
STATES THAT WILL RECEIVE SUPPORT TO ACCELERATE 3G AND 4G MOBILE
The Mobility Fund auction used an innovative, market-based competition to distribute funding, the first
time such an auction had been run in the United States. Carriers competed against others across the
country, and winners were chosen based on the lowest cost-per-mile bids to extend coverage to unserved
roads. This will maximize the impact of the new funding to speed deployment to the greatest number of
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