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Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says

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Verizon "grossly overstated" its 4G LTE coverage in government filings, potentially preventing smaller carriers from obtaining funding needed to expand coverage in underserved rural areas, a trade group says.

The Federal Communications Commission last year required Verizon and other carriers to file maps and data indicating their current 4G LTE coverage.

The funds are set aside for "primarily rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G," the FCC says.

"We are reviewing RWA's filing, but we are confident that our Mobility Fund map is fully consistent with the FCC's mapping specifications," a Verizon spokesperson told Ars.

Verizon also addressed an earlier version of the RWA's claims in a letter to the FCC last month.

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