Regulatory Innovation and Strategy Division (RISD)
FCC Mobility Fund II (MF II) Challenge Information
RISD is assisting residents and towns that wish to participate in the challenge process to ensure that the upcoming Mobility Fund II Auction includes areas that lack adequate wireless broadband service. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) auction that will provide up to $4.53 billion in support over 10 years to primarily rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. For more information about the MF-II fund and auction, see the FCC pages at https://www.fcc.gov/mobility-fund-phase-ii-mf-ii.
The FCC has established eligible areas of the country that allow auction participants to bid for the opportunity to add wireless broadband service. These maps indicate that most of New Hampshire currently has LTE capability, which presumes download speeds of 5MB and upload speeds of 2MB. The areas that are currently defined as ineligible due to existing service can be challenged using a specific FCC-designed process. Challenges may be submitted through August 27, 2018. RISD plans to act as a conduit for submissions to help ensure as little duplication of effort as possible.
If you want to receive emails about town and region plans to participate in the FCC Mobility Challenge testing process, please send your name and email address to:
Meetings and Events:
- May 22, 2018
- June 1, 2018 1 p.m. - NH PUC Offices, 10 S Fruit St, Concord, NH.
FCC Mobility Fund II Challenge F.A.Q.:
If you would like to pose additional questions, please send them to:
Our town doesn’t have access to any of the phones listed by the carrier(s) in town. Is there any way we can get accepted phones for the test?
What cell phones / handsets are acceptable to use for this project?
Final FCC list of acceptable handsets by make and model
Please note that ONLY the specific phone make and model by carrier included in the attached list (DA-18-582A2) will be accepted for use in this test. Test results captured on any handset other than those the carrier has specified will be rejected by the FCC.
The State of NH can’t pay for these phones or additional lines and data service for the test. However, we do have a plan and budget to create three sets of phones and plans that can be shared across participating towns in three regions – Northwest NH, Southwest NH and Lakes Region/Northeast NH. Currently various state and local agencies are seeking funds to acquire and share these test-acceptable handsets for local testing.
Here is a pro forma budget showing an estimated $7,000 expenditure required to fund an aggressive test campaign in the state’s under-served wireless areas.
Can I use my own cell phone?
Personal cell phone use
If you have access to an existing plan on a compliant phone with one of the carriers we are testing, and you are willing to pay for the necessary data, please, feel free to use your personal cell phone.
Which test results are acceptable?
Only certified results will be accepted by the FCC. The FCC’s test requirements state that every speed test intended for submission to the FCC must “be substantiated by the certification of a qualified engineer, under penalty of perjury. For challengers that are governmental entities and do not have a qualified engineer available to certify, we will allow certification by a government official authorized to act on behalf of the organization and with actual knowledge of the accuracy of the underlying data.” Our interpretation is that volunteer testing will be difficult to stage given the need for a government (town, county or state) official “with actual knowledge of the accuracy of the underlying data” to sign off on the results. If the validity of test data or the status of the certifier is challenged, the results could be rejected by the FCC.
What is the funding source for this project?
We are currently seeking funding sources. The Public Utilities Commission is unable to fund the purchase of recommended phones and data plans, although individuals and agencies at the local, state and federal level are looking into potential funding sources.
What test software is acceptable?
The FCC has not yet issued a mandatory or optional list of accepted cell performance rating software. The PUC is exploring drive-time software options and will make recommendations shortly.
For more information, or to participate in the challenge process:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to be added to our MF II mailing list.