Millions of Americans live in communities where current-generation mobile service is unavailable, and millions more work in or travel through such areas. To accelerate our nation’s ongoing effort to close this mobility gap in a fiscally responsible manner, this rulemaking seeks comment on using reserves accumulated in the Universal Service Fund (USF) to create a new Mobility Fund.
The purpose of the Mobility Fund is to significantly improve coverage of current-generation or better mobile voice and Internet service for consumers in areas where such coverage is currently missing, and to do so by supporting private investment. The Mobility Fund would use market mechanisms – specifically, a reverse auction – to make one-time support available to service providers to cost-effectively extend mobile coverage in specified unserved areas.
Read the Full Universal Service Reform Mobility Fund NPRM