T-Mobile has denied a charge that it lied to the Federal Communications Commission in regards to the extent of its 4G LTE protection.
A bunch that represents small rural carriers says that T-Mobile claimed to have 4G LTE protection in locations the place it hadn’t but put in 4G tools. That may violate FCC guidelines and doubtlessly forestall small carriers from getting community building cash in unserved areas.
T-Cell mentioned the allegations made by the Rural Wireless Affiliation (RWA) in an FCC submitting on Friday “are false.”
“RWA’s misrepresentations are a part of an ongoing sample of baseless allegations by the group in opposition to T-Mobile designed to delay or thwart competitors in rural America and deprive rural Americans of significant selection for broadband companies,” T-Mobile wrote. “The group’s repeated disregard for truth-based mostly advocacy is a disrespectful waste of Commission time and sources.”
RWA members have carried out thousands of velocity assessments at their very own expense to find out whether or not the main carriers’ protection claims are appropriate. The RWA says each Verizon and T-Mobile have exaggerated protection, and the FCC is taking the allegations severely.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced final week that the FCC has begun an investigation and that a preliminary assessment of velocity-check information “prompt vital violations of the Commission’s guidelines.” The FCC has not mentioned which service or carriers violated the foundations.
T-mobile additionally stated that it “has not been contacted by the Commission concerning the company’s introduced investigation… and has no motive to consider that T-Mobile is concerned.”
The RWA is just not backing down from its allegations. Pace assessments carried out by RWA members “from March via November present that T-Mobile protection just isn’t what it has claimed in its January protection submitting,” the group advised Ars immediately.
“The problem is whether or not the submitting T-Mobile made in January precisely depicted its protection at the moment,” the RWA continued. “Our members who check drove T-Mobile’s areas of their markets discovered that in over 90 p.c of the testing, T-Mobile’s January 4, 2018, protection information didn’t meet the 5Mbps obtain standards.”
It’s going to be as much as the FCC to determine who is correct. For now, the fee has suspended the following part of the information-problem course of pending the outcomes of its investigation.