FCC Releases Draft Nationwide Broadband Map
by Jennifer L. Richter , Douglas I. Brandon and Nicole McFarland
After years of broadband data collection, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released a draft of its new nationwide map of fixed and mobile broadband availability. The map interface is available here.
The revised map will be the basis for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) allocation to the states of $42 billion in Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) grants next summer. Grant funds will be divided among state and tribal governments, who will issue subgrants prioritizing broadband buildout in currently unserved and underserved areas, as identified by the new map. For more on the map revision and grant allocation processes, see last week's alert.