While many carriers are in the process of bringing us speedy 4G networks, it's important to remember that some areas of the country don't even have access to 3G speeds yet. The FCC is looking to change that, though, with their new Mobility Fund. Using money from the Universal Service Fund, the FCC wants to expand 3G coverage into rural areas of the country that don't yet have it. The government wants the public's opinion on how the funds should be used: should specific problem areas be targeted, or should the funds be open to any rural market without any 3G? While all of the details are being worked out, Verizon has already requested a portion of the Mobility Fund to help it roll LTE out to rural areas. The Rural Cellular Association is opposed to the FCC giving Verizon any aid, stating that VZW doesn't need help building out their existing rural network.
A lot of people take their 3G network for granted, but it would be pretty disappointing to be stuck on a 2G network like many rural cell users are. While it sounds like things may get kind of messy when it comes to just how the money from the Mobility Fund is used, it's still great to see the FCC working to bring fast wireless speeds to all. This new, plus the fact that the FCC is working to eliminate that nasty phenomenon known as "bill shock," makes me think that this particular agency of the government deserves a big thanks. On the count of three: one...two...three! Thanks, FCC!