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ACA urged the FCC to reject efforts of large telcos to modify the Connect America Fund (CAF) rules because “their proposals would most likely fail to advance the program's goal of deploying broadband networks in areas most in need… ACA combed through the Price Cap LEC comments searching for data providing sufficient support for their proposals to expand the areas eligible for Phase I incremental support or use of support for second-mile fiber and found none,” ACA head Matthew Polka said. “Their proposed wholesale expansion of eligible areas from 768/200 Mbps broadband service to those lacking 4/1 Mbps is not supported by the data.” The group also urged the agency to establish an equitable process for challenging designations on the National Broadband Map (NBM), and apply unaccepted '12 and '13 Phase I incremental support to the Phase II process or return it to contributors.

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