Pennsylvanians Reminded to Review FCC Broadband Map Before January 13 Deadline to Ensure High-Speed Access for All Residents
In-person and virtual listening sessions planned to provide a map overview and a process for contesting inaccurate information
Spring Grove, Pa – Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority Executive Director Brandon Carson today reminded Pennsylvanians of the important role they play in ensuring their information is accurate in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new broadband access card.
“I urge every Pennsylvanian to review the map to help us close the digital divide,” Carson said. “The more accurately we can create the FCC map, the more we can ensure we receive a fair allocation of federal funding for broadband rollout and ensure everyone has equal access to school, work and public safety.”
During a visit to the Northern York County Regional Police Substation in Spring Grove, Carson emphasized the importance of access to high-speed Internet to public safety and urged Pennsylvanians to consider the difference it could make in their communities. by checking the FCC card.
Carson was joined by Police Commissioner David Lash and Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill, a member of the agency’s board of directors, who also stressed the importance of Pennsylvanians taking the time to review and challenge the map. Senator Phillips-Hill noted that Verizon was brought in during a missing persons search in September 2021 to expand coverage in a portion of York County. With improved broadband access, local police would have the service they need right away and save time when it matters most.
The FCC’s Broadband Access Map shows all broadband-enabled locations in the United States where fixed broadband Internet access service is installed or may be installed. The allocation of Commonwealth funds for broadband deployment under the Federal Infrastructure Act depends on the accuracy of the map. Pennsylvanians should visit the map to look up their home address and determine if the information listed by the FCC is accurate.
The Authority hosts the following broadband listening sessions across the Commonwealth:
- Tuesday, December 13 at 10:00 a.m. – Beaver County
Personally only The listening session will be held at Community College of Beaver County, Library Conference Center 9103, 1 Campus Drive, Monaca, PA 16061
- Tuesday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Somerset County
Personally only The listening session will be held at Glencoe United Church of Christ, 128 Critchfield Street, Fairhope, PA 15538
- Monday, December 19 at 11:00 a.m. – Chester County
Personal only The listening session will be held at the Borough of Kennett Square, 600 S. Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Procedure for correcting inaccuracies in the FCC broadband card
Map challenges may include:
- A location that meets the FCC definition of a broadband-enabled location is missing from the map.
- A site’s broadband serviceability is misidentified.
- Information such as the address or the quantity for the location is incorrect.
- The placement of the location (its geographic coordinates) is incorrect.
Pennsylvanians should challenge the map to improve its accuracy by January 13, 2023. There are two ways to submit a challenge: from a single location or in bulk. The location challenge can be completed by individual consumers using the map itself. Bulk challengers must use the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) platform to submit information to the FCC.
You can also access additional information about the Consumer Challenge process online and the bulk challenge process. A consumer can also challenge mobile data coverage through the FCC speed test app – a free application that can be downloaded from an Apple or Google Play store.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced in February 2022 that the agency would be created to manage at least $100 million in federal assistance to coordinate broadband rollouts across Pennsylvania. The agency has been tasked with creating a statewide broadband plan and distributing federal and state funds for broadband deployment projects in unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.
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Penny Ickes, DCED, [email protected]
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