The Federal Communications Commission has released updates to its National Broadband Map. The updated map includes availability data reported through December 31, 2022, as well as challenges made to that data more recently. According to the FCC, the updated map identifies 8.3 million U.S. homes and businesses lacking access to high-speed broadband, which is nearly 330,000 more unserved locations than were identified on the November map.
Click here to view the map: broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home
Township officials should review the map for accuracy. If it is not accurate, individual and bulk challenges can continue to be submitted just like earlier challenges. For more information on this process, see the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection website.
PSATS is interested in tracking any obvious questionable designations on the new map to be used as talking points and examples in our discussions with NATAT and FCC on map accuracy. By example, the PSATS office is listing as not having broadband access (or any interest in purchasing), while 2 separate 200+bed hospitals within sight distances of our office are both listing a single-family residential unit. Check your local area carefully. It will help PA qualify for more targeting spending and access.