The FCC reports…
The Federal Communications Commission today approved performance testing procedures for carriers receiving Connect America Fund support to deploy fixed broadband networks to unserved Americans living in rural areas, helping to ensure that rural Americans have access to the same high-quality networks as Americans in urban areas.
Here are the specifics…
In response to Petitions for Reconsideration and Applications for Review of an earlier bureaulevel Performance Measure Order, the FCC today maintained the existing requirement that carriers conduct quarterly speed and latency tests between specified numbers of active subscribers’ homes and the Internet, and made targeted modifications to the testing procedures, including:
· Modifying the schedule for commencing testing by basing it on the deployment obligations specific to each Connect America Fund support mechanism;
· Implementing a new pre-testing period that will allow carriers to become familiar with testing procedures without facing a loss of support for failure to meet the requirements;
· Allowing greater flexibility to carriers in identifying which customer locations should be tested and selecting the endpoints for testing broadband connections