New FCC Broadband Map: Submit Accuracy Challenges Today

21 Dec 2022, by Sara Westbrook Share :

If you have been tracking broadband at the federal level, you may have heard that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released the latest Broadband mapping. With that release comes the opportunity for Idahoans to increase the accuracy of the map. Accuracy is critical because the map will aid in determining the allocation of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program.

Now is the time to challenge available data to ensure the map accurately reflects the state of broadband here in Idaho. Please follow the steps below to review the map and determine if the current FCC mapping information needs to be challenged. Time is of the essence as January 13th is the deadline for submitting a location challenge.

1. Use the FCC Map and type in your address.

2. If the information about the internet offerings available at your home or business needs to be corrected, click on Availability Challenge to fill out the form and submit.

3. If there is no point on your home or business, drop a pin on the map, click Location Challenge, fill out the form with the corrected information, and click submit.

4. This process is open to the public, so please encourage neighbors, friends, and family to follow steps 1-3.

For more information about the data collection process and how to challenge the data collection, check out this webinar offered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The webinar also covers the implications for funding the BEAD program.

Webinar: The Fixed Service Availability Data Challenge Process & Implications for Internet for All

For further written clarification on how to submit a location challenge, visit the BDC Help Center.