The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a draft of its updated broadband map. Per the FCC, this is a “pre-production draft” that allows the public to take a close look and verify the coverage data presented for all locations across the country.
To ensure continuous improvement, the broadband map has been designed to accept challenges from consumers and other interested parties regarding any inaccuracies, as well as the ability to provide feedback on the data presented. Upon verification of coverage, individuals may submit their correction requests directly through the map’s interface.
Please follow the reference link below to check the FCC’s original announcement and video to challenge addresses as appropriate.
- The New Broadband Maps (FCC note)
How to Submit an Availability Challenge (FCC video)
- 3 Steps to Bring Better Broadband to Indiana (Purdue University Center for Rural Engagement blog)
In an effort to improve broadband adoption and accessibility, Gov. Eric Holcomb allocated $350 million to be invested into increasing connectivity in Indiana. This appropriation, to be managed by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, will begin to expand access to reliable, high-speed broadband service through grants, line extensions and subsidies.
Indiana Broadband Goals
- Increase access to unserved or underserved households, businesses, health clinics and schools.
- Increase adoption of school buildings and rural health clinics receiving 1GB of service.
- Increase adoption of households and businesses receiving greater than 25/3.
- Create a public dashboard demonstrating metrics used to measure goals.
- Increase public sector/philanthropic engagement in broadband service deployment projects.
Indiana Broadband Metrics
- Number of Locations served.
- Private/local dollars leveraged/invested.
- Number of Schools with new access.
- Number of schools increased to 1GB.
- Number of Rural health clinics with new access.
- Number of Rural health clinics increased to 1 GB.
Disclaimer: No one grant/project application is guaranteed to receive funding. Factors including, but not limited to, eligibility or competitiveness, existing service, provider interest or funding resources may restrict awarding grant funds for a proposed project.