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Mapping Dead Zones: FCC Charts Areas Lacking Cell Service February 15, 2012

Posted by Bahadir Sahin in Calismalar (Studies), English, Haber (News).
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Rural America has its rewards — you might hear cows rather than cars — but try to get a decent cellphone signal and you’re often out of luck. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a map for that, to identify areas where wireless service is insufficient.

“As our new map demonstrates, millions of Americans still live, work and travel in areas where advanced mobile networks have not been built out,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

The FCC coverage guide shows areas of the nation that are not served by so-called 3G or 4G high-speed service. These areas make do with older tech called 2G that, in addition to being slower, is often too weak to reach the nearest cell tower. An estimated 18 million Americans have no high-speed Internet service or mobile broadband coverage, according to the agency. On the map, gray indicates areas that are eligible for subsidies from the $300 million fund earmarked by the government under its Connect America program.