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Review and Inform FCC’s Broadband Mapping Data in Your County

October 20, 2022

This process will determine the flow of over $42 billion in funds for broadband deployment.

Counties have an opportunity to review and inform the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) broadband mapping data in their communities during the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) Process. This process is instrumental in the distribution of more than $42 billion in federal broadband grants by the end of 2023.

Counties can take several actions in the coming months to ensure that residents in your communities can receive federal funding for high-speed internet. The first step is to visit the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection website and register to receive the current production Fabric data, which lists all broadband serviceable locations in each respective county. The Fabric includes every residential and business address that is deemed serviceable by a broadband provider, and service providers will be required to report the areas of service. It is important for stakeholders to review this data to determine whether it accurately reflects the broadband serviceable locations in your area and submit corrections to location data as needed.

Internet service providers and governmental entities are now permitted to participate in reviewing the first layer of the FCC broadband maps. Counties are encouraged to review and submit corrections to the data by December 1, 2022, to ensure the updated location data is included on the next round of broadband availability filing for service providers.

The FCC will release the new broadband map in November 2022, so it is important to review the availability data and conduct challenges as needed for any determinations that appear inaccurate. The FCC has developed a BDC Challenge Process overview, which provides additional details. Questions about filing availability or bulk Fabric challenges can be submitted to the FCC.

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