FCC to release broadband maps next week2022-11-11 18:20 by Daniela
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The FCC said it will release a pre-production draft of an updated broadband map on November 18. The commission noted that this will "begin an ongoing, iterative process that will improve the data submitted by providers by incorporating challenges from individual and other stakeholders."
"When the first draft is released, it will provide a far more accurate picture of broadband availability in the United States than our old maps ever did," said FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, back in September.
The commission has been working on gathering better data - officially its Broadband Data Collection (BDC) effort - under orders from Congress in the Broadband DATA Act and on its own dime.
The map is meant to more accurately target the tens of billions of dollars in broadband subsidies that are being given out to achieve the Biden administration's pledge of universal broadband access by decade's end.
The first draft will be based on broadband availability from data submitted by providers during the initial Broadband Data Collection filing window, up until June 30, 2022.
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