Why US cellcos don’t want FCC’s broadband map to include 5G

That data collection plan doesn’t include mobile broadband, but the FCC is currently seeking comments from the industry and the public on how to go about collecting mobile data and incorporating it into its broadband map. In reality, 5G coverage will be spotty and users will spend far more time falling back to 4G, 3G and EDGE. Granted, T-Mobile doesn’t seem to mind that its 5G coverage is limited – they put their maps where people can see them. Anyway, I like the idea of a central mobile broadband coverage map using crowdsourced data to show consumers exactly what their various broadband options are where they live, who offers what and what kind of experience they should expect. Geospatial broadband maps crunching crowdsourced data could play a major role in achieving that goal.

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