AT&T and T-Mobile are fighting a Federal Communications Commission plan to require drive tests that would verify whether the mobile carriers’ coverage claims are accurate.
The carriers’ objections came in response to the FCC seeking comment on a plan to improve the nation’s inadequate broadband maps. Besides submitting more accurate coverage maps, the FCC plan would require carriers to do a statistically significant amount of drive testing.
Tests conducted by some states suggest that coverage maps may overstate actual coverage by as much as double the actual coverage.
The FAA, in their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking requiring Remote Identification on all model aircraft, and further requiring logging in real time via a cell phone connection – was oblivious to the fraudulent coverage maps provided by cell carriers. Further, a month ago I drove out in the eastern part of my state in an area running LTE and showing full coverage – but in reality, over a very, very wide area, there was LTE service – but no data! Only voice and text messaging was supported.
A related problem has been that up to the present, the broad coverage map we see when looking at the state looks great – until you zoom in and discover that many of the covered areas are, in fact, 2G voice and text only.