CCA’s Steve Berry (left) and CTIA’s Brad Gillen, holding a small cell, testify before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.
Wireless industry representatives told lawmakers Tuesday better maps are needed to determine where broadband connectivity exists and where it doesn’t, especially now that Congress is considering effective ways to close the digital divide as part of the President’s infrastructure plan.
The Chairman of the Senate Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), said the current FCC maps showing broadband connectivity are “utterly worthless.” He asked why the data is “so wrong.”
Competitive Carriers Association President/CEO Steve Berry replied: “Garbage in, garbage out.” Carriers told the FCC it should measure signal strength, but that was not part of the data the FCC sought when it revised the maps, he said. Continue reading