Gov. Colyer says challenging FCC’s eligibility map could lead to better cell service


Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says challenging a federal program means you might soon have better cell phone service.

Earlier this year, Colyer’s office challenged the Federal Communication Commission’s “Mobility Fund Phase Two” eligibility map. That program is used for funding mobile broadband service buildout in underserved areas. Kansas was originally slated to receive almost no funding through the program.

Over the course of four months, a team traveled more than 15 thousand road miles in 56 Kansas counties, including Allen, Bourbon, Crawford and Neosho. Of the roughly 187 thousand tests performed on service, the governor’s office says about 120 thousand failed, indicating no service to those areas.

The Kansas Farm Bureau is also challenging the state’s eligibility map. The hope is that the two challenges will lead to increased funding for future broadband in the Sunflower State.

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