Today, the FCC considered “Improving Broadband Data and Maps to Bridge the Digital Divide” at its July 2020 Open Commission Meeting. The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) released the following statement on the item:
Accurate broadband availability maps are foundational for efforts to close the digital divide. A detailed account of where broadband internet is available today would ensure the best use of taxpayer dollars to deploy high-speed internet infrastructure everywhere. The current maps would leave many American households unconnected. With the broadband maps of today, all households in a given census block are assumed to have broadband access if even one household in the census block has broadband access.
“Every American deserves fast broadband internet, a 21st century tool that’s critical for full participation in modern society.”