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FCC improves broadband mapping to better serve rural communities

August 21, 2019


Across the U.S., individuals have varying levels of access to fast, reliable broadband service depending on location. In general, those living in rural communities have fewer connectivity options and slower internet service than those residing in more densely populated, urban cities. The result is millions of underserved and unserved homes and businesses, a challenge further deepened by the complexity of discovering exactly where the gaps in service exist.

The practice of broadband mapping, first suggested by former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) commissioner Rachelle Chong, details the geographic landscape of internet access service, including metrics like speed and price, from telephone and cable TV companies.

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