FCC Unveils the Most Accurate New National Broadband Maps

The FCC recently released the pre-production draft of its new broadband maps. These maps provide the best picture available to date of where broadband is and is not available across the country, and the maps will only get better from here. Here are the things to know about the maps.

Highlights

  • FCC releases broadband Maps to enhance connectivity.
  • With the new maps, the FCC has integrated the information from broadband providers with hundreds of location-specific data sources.
  • These Maps give a detailed and accurate to date picture of fixed and Mobile broadband availability.

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FCC Unveils the Most Accurate National Broadband Maps

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees national and international communication through different cable, satellite, wire, and cable in the US, has unveiled the pre-production draft of its new national broadband maps. The FCC believes the maps will only get better from here since they now give the best picture of where broadband is and is not available across the nation.

Broadband Maps Empower Consumers

With the new maps, the FCC has integrated the information from broadband providers with hundreds of location-specific data sources, giving a detailed and accurate picture of fixed broadband availability which helps consumers. This information will also help policymakers target investments in unserved and underserved areas and close the digital divide.

USA FCC Maps Fixed Broadband
Source: FCC

Beginning of a New Era of Broadband Maps

While the day marks an important milestone in creating more granular and accurate broadband maps, this work is far from over. To emphasize how much more work needs to be done, FCC calls the Maps product a pre-production draft. Releasing this early version of the new maps is intended to kickstart an ongoing, iterative process where we consistently add new data to improve and refine the maps.

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Consumer and Stakeholder Engagement to Determine Long-term success

A system has been established that enables users and others to point up problems and give feedback so that the maps are constantly being improved. People can file challenges or make correction requests directly through the map interface if they find that the maps' information does not match what they know from their personal experience. FCC also accepts bulk challenges to the availability of data from state, Tribal, local governments and other stakeholders who see problems we need to correct in multiple locations.

USA FCC Maps
Source: FCC

The last thing I would note about the release of these maps is that they are the product of a lot of hard work, especially by public servants at the FCC. I want to thank the Broadband Data Task Force and the many, many dedicated staff throughout the Commission who have helped us get to this point. Thanks also to the Congressional leaders who spearheaded the Broadband DATA Act, which was the driving force behind this release.

This effort is a big improvement over the old system that simply stated if service was available on the basis of a single subscriber in a census block. But we have work to do to refine this information and make sure it is accurate and up to date. Let's get to it," said FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

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Aparna, from a journalism background, closely follows the developments in the telecom Industry.

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