Senators press FCC on map that will guide billions in broadband infrastructure funding

State and local officials and others have raised questions about the accuracy of the The Federal Communications Commission map and the process to make corrections to it.

Broadband map challenges underway despite ‘flawed’ process

Filing challenges is onerous and relies too much on crowdsourced data, observers say.

How the infrastructure act aims to take on digital discrimination

The FCC is considering adopting a set of recommendations for state and local governments that would address disparities in broadband service.

With billions for broadband on the line, Texas asks federal government for more time to improve access maps

Local officials say the current maps are flawed, and the process to lodge complaints is cumbersome.

New FCC broadband map of the U.S. is ‘a step in the right direction’

While the new map is an improvement, internet speed and location accuracy issues persist, experts say.

Fears grow over plan to distribute billions in broadband dollars

State and local officials are raising alarm about what they say are major flaws with a federal map that will guide where the infrastructure money is sent. They want the Biden administration to extend a timeline for flagging the problems.

Scarce GIS resources could hamstring state broadband challenges

The FCC allows states to challenge its new national map through January 13, but the requirements could be too onerous for those without specialized staff.

Nonprofit cites ‘inaccuracies’ in new broadband maps

Open internet advocate Public Knowledge urged the FCC to clarify the challenge process, the availability of satellite internet and the role of anchor institutions.

New national broadband map offers granular look at service and gaps

The draft release kicks off a process where states, localities and the general public can challenge inaccuracies. The new data will be crucial in guiding how the federal government divides billions in broadband funding between states.

Challenge to FCC broadband map IDs thousands of NY addresses lacking connectivity

Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state’s ConnectALL Program submitted the addresses of more than 30,000 locations that are either unserved, underserved or missing information.

‘Insatiable appetite’ for internet pushes county to gigabit broadband

Clark County, Nevada, CIO Bob Leek said localities must meet rising demand and invest in the future.

800 miles apart, smart city partners share broadband insights

The North Texas Innovation Alliance will share its broadband rollout experience in a new collaboration with Peachtree Corners, which has connected infrastructure know-how NTXIA can use.

Open access networks: 'A good cheap pipe’ for internet connectivity

By providing the fiber infrastructure and then letting internet service providers compete to connect homes and businesses, the network strategy can drive down prices and boost services, advocates say.

Construction begins on California’s statewide broadband network

The 10,000-mile “middle mile” network is expected to cost $3.8 billion and help connect the roughly one in five Californians do not have access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet.

How much are people without high-speed internet willing to pay for it?

A new federal survey takes a look and finds that, for many who don’t have service because of the expense, the amount is $0.

Broadband’s rural reach: How electric co-ops reduce the digital divide

The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Broadband Cooperatives plans to connect 200,000 rural residents via fiber within five years.

Communities collect granular broadband data amid wait for better federal maps

Whether gathering address-level availability data from internet service providers or anecdotal evidence from households, communities are working to get a baseline understanding of local broadband access.