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FCC launches new wireless mobile broadband subsidy

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The agency's Mobility Fund will give up to $300 million to carriers to provide service to new areas in the U.S.

By Grant Gross
May 2, 2012 04:23 PM ET

IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has begun the process to get competitive bids for new mobile broadband subsidies designed to bring 3G or 4G service to areas in the country that do not have it.

The FCC on Wednesday announced bidding procedures for the first phase of its new Mobility Fund and released a map of areas eligible for Mobility Fund service. The map includes large areas if the U.S. Mountain West, including large parts of Idaho, Nevada and Washington state, as well as large parts of Alaska. But several areas in the eastern U.S. are also eligible, including large chunks of West Virginia, northern New York and Maine..... http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226820/FCC_launches_new_mobile_broadband_subsidy

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