Mason County Board of Commissioners urges citizens to take immediate action to verify internet access
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released new updates to the National Broadband Map and is asking communities and individuals to verify its accuracy. This process will help determine the allocation of over $42 BILLION in funding to unserved and underserved areas.
The Connect Mason County citizens group determined that past FCC maps overstated internet availability in Mason County by up to 20%.
The new maps are more detailed than previous versions, however they continue to overstate actual or real-time availability of broadband for many areas. They are intended to be improved over time through public and government input. It is critical that citizens access the FCC site to determine if the new maps are accurate for their address.
Map challenges must be submitted no later than January 13, 2023 for consideration in Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) funding allocations to each state. Go to https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home to get started or scan the QR code below.
HELPFUL TIP: After entering an address, the Fixed Broadband Settings should be changed from ALL TECHNOLOGY to ALL WIRED.
This will filter out satellite broadband services. Need more help? https://help.bdc.fcc.gov/hc/en-us
The FCC Broadband Data website provides additional support and resources at https://www.fcc.gov/BroadbandData. Please distribute this flyer and encourage community members to check FCC maps and verify accuracy. Be sure to have the contests in by January 13th, 2023 to ensure broadband service in your community is accurately represented!
HELPFUL TIP: To check your home/business internet speed, search "speed test" in your browser
Additional resources and up-to-date information for this region are available at https://wmsrdc.org/project/wmsrdc-broadband-support/.
Mason County Board Chair Janet Andersen urges all Mason County citizens to take 5 minutes to check your address on the FCC map and submit a challenge if the map is inaccurate for your address.