Iowa: FCC broadband maps challenged as overstating access [telecom]

It's no secret some rural Iowans struggle to connect with high-speed internet.

With broadband internet speeds crucial to telemedicine, precision agriculture and economic development, the first step in addressing the need for expanded services is identifying where they're lacking.

But while the Federal Communications Commission reports that 90 percent of Iowans have access to the FCC benchmark for "advanced broadband," or 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds, a Microsoft report argues only about 30 percent of Iowans actually use broadband.

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