Leroy Township

Broadband Map Challenge

 

The Calhoun County Broadband Task Force is seeking opportunities to improve internet in our community. Individuals can assist in this process by challenging the national FCC broadband maps to improve their accuracy. This effort will ensure that the federal government knows which residents and businesses have available internet options, so that funding for broadband expansion allocated to our community will be sufficient based on the actual need.

Historically, it’s well known that FCC maps are inaccurate when it comes to demonstrating availability of internet nationwide, and particularly in our community. For instance, the Merit Network Study in 2021 found that in Calhoun County, 35% more homes than indicated by the FCC maps have no Internet connectivity whatsoever. We now have a way to make this federal data more accurate, which will translate to a greater understanding of what connectivity actually is in Calhoun County.

Because federal funds are tied to the accuracy of these FCC maps, we want to take advantage of the opportunity to improve them.

Challenging the FCC map is the process of pointing out discrepancies. In addition to County Government doing “bulk challenges,” which are described below, individuals can check the map for their personal addresses and “challenge” the map if the information provided is not accurate.

We are asking for your assistance in this effort, especially if you know you do not have access to the internet at your residence.

The deadline for submitting challenges to be reflected in federal grant allocations is January 13, 2023. However, challenges will be accepted after that deadline, as well, and are still worth submitting as these maps will likely also impact how state dollars are distributed.

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