FCC Invites States, Local Governments to Verify Revamped Broadband Maps

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week announced data specifications for state and local governments to file “bulk challenges” to broadband availability data the FCC is collecting under the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) process. Counties have an opportunity to ensure the new maps are as accurate as possible, which will result in historic investments in our nation’s broadband infrastructure and enhance connectivity for all residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the FCC’s new data…

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Broadband Mapping Update from NACo

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for an update on the Federal Communications Commission's broadband mapping effort on September 23, 2–3 PM EST. NACo staff and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Broadband Data Task Force (BDTF) will give an overview of the ongoing Broadband Data Collection process, which will be used to create an updated national broadband availability map. The forthcoming broadband availability maps will be instrumental in determining the flow of funds for…

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Where’s All the Federal Broadband Money?

The federal government is making historic investments to bridge the digital divide but still cannot pinpoint where broadband is and isn't available. Nearly ten months after Congress passed the $1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the federal government has yet to allocate any of the $42.5 billion in funding the legislation set aside for expanding broadband service in underserved communities. Under the law, the US Department of Commerce cannot release those funds until the Federal Communications…

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Federal Roundup: Election Protections, Clean Energy Incentives, Housing, Broadband, and More

The National Association of Counties (NACo) recently published several resources to help counties stay abreast of the latest news and notes on federal policymaking. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law NACo is constantly updating its interactive BIL funding table with funding opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Inflation Reduction Act -- Clean Energy Initiatives The Inflation Reduction Act allows counties to pursue clean energy initiatives and reduce emissions through new competitive grant programs, local resiliency investments, and clean…

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Federal Broadband Fabric Tool Goes Live

Earlier this summer, the Federal Communications Commission opened the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric for local governments.  This past July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a version of the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (the Fabric) for internet service providers and government entities. The Fabric forms the foundation for the FCC’s forthcoming national broadband maps that will highlight what locations across the country are served, underserved and unserved by reliable broadband service. The FCC encourages counties…

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