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Challenging the accuracy of broadband maps

The digital divide and flawed broadband mapping tools were the subject of a Senate hearing this week.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation is examining why some of the mapping by the Federal Communications Commission doesn’t fully capture where broadband is and isn’t available.

Zachary Cikanek, the national spokesperson for Connect Americans Now, says inaccurate maps make it more difficult to allocate resources that could be used to connect rural communities. 

“These can be federal funds under the new farm bill, universal service funds at the FCC, or even state grants and loan guarantees,” he says.

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