According to a report by ArsTechnica, the FCC has found that Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated 4G LTE coverage maps to their consumers, thereby misleading them. However, what’s come as a surprise to many is the fact that the FCC is choosing not to penalize the carriers for this. The report mentions that the FCC is not fining the carriers because it cannot be ascertained if their actions were deliberate.
“Based upon the totality of the circumstances, the investigation did not find a sufficiently clear violation of the MF-II [Mobility Fund Phase II] data collection requirements that warranted enforcement action“, a spokesperson for the FCC said in an email to ArsTechnica.
It is mentioned that the FCC probably didn’t want this news to get much attention as it was hidden away under another big announcement with the press release titled “Chairman Pai announces plan to launch $9 billion 5G fund for rural America.”
It’s surprising that the FCC didn’t issue a separate announcement on this given that this basically constitutes lying to the customers. However, since the carriers used industry-standard propagation models for maps, one can be inclined to forgive Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular for this oversight.
But if the FCC doesn’t tighten its grip on carriers that toe the line constantly, we can expect to see a repeat of this instance when 5G networks pick up steam in 2020.
T-Mobile recently announced its nationwide 5G network although it will only be available on Dec 6. You will also need either the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G to access the carrier’s 5G networks. Apple is expected to join the 5G bandwagon with four new 5G iPhones expected to be unveiled in Fall 2020.