CULLMAN -With billions of dollars on the line to develop reliable high-speed internet access in the United States, every Alabamian is strongly encouraged to Click-Check-Challenge their home and business addresses’ service details on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) connectivity map.
To challenge is simply to request a correction.
The map, located at broadbandmap.fcc.gov/home, allows visitors to look up addresses and see if the information provided is accurate. If the information is not correct, visitors can provide accurate information by clicking the Availability Challenge button on the page.
The process is as follows:
Step 1: CLICK the FCC map and enter your address.
Step 2: CHECK to see if the internet service options and the stated speeds listed on the map are actually available at your home and business addresses.
Step 3: CHALLENGE – Correct the map with the information that’s accurate for your home or business.*
If a provider has said a speed is available, but you are unable to sign up for that speed with the provider, that would be grounds for a challenge. If you personally choose to subscribe to a lower speed option than what is available to you, that is not grounds for a challenge.
“There are discussions with state broadband offices and consumer advocacy groups nationwide that the information listed on the FCC mapping site – especially in rural areas – is not nearly as accurate as it should be to be used to allocate funds,” said Bonnie Baty, Sprout Fiber Internet Marketing and Services manager. “Reports are surfacing across the county that the map lists services that are simply not available at individual addresses. These inaccuracies will translate into real money to serve the communities that need it most to be lost.”
She continued, “The most effective thing Alabamians can do to bring high-quality affordable internet to their neighborhoods in the future is to Click-Check-Challenge their home and business addresses on the FCC map by the deadline – January 13, 2023.”
Any Alabama business, school, church, library, or place with internet service can review the map and challenge the information
This action must be taken by citizens by January 13, 2023 to be considered.
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