FCC To Release First Broadband Maps on November 18
On Friday, November 18, 2022, the FCC will unveil a pre-production draft of its new broadband maps following the September 1, 2022 deadline for data submission. The soon-to-be released maps will be generated by matching providers’ availability data to the location information in the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (“Fabric”). Following this first release, future updates to the maps will be an iterative process based on data submissions and challenges. The maps will display location level information for broadband availability, allowing consumers to search by address to assess and dispute the reported services, while also providing the opportunity for bulk challenges from entities, states, and Tribal governments. We urge all broadband providers to review the maps carefully.
As a reminder, the FCC began accepting challenges to the Fabric information from providers, states, and local and Tribal governments in September. After the maps are launched, individuals will also be able to submit challenges or request corrections to the Fabric locations through the map interface.