Friday, January 13th is deadline to Challenge FCC Broadband Maps
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) recently launched a campaign to encourage consumer-members and other residents of rural America to review and challenge broadband availability information shown on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s new broadband maps, and they need our help to secure funding to help bring quality broadband access to rural communities. If you live in an area that you feel doesn't have access to reliable, high-speed internet, simply visit https://voicesforcooperativepower.com/fix-the-map/ to find a link to the current FCC maps and to fill out a brief survey that will identify whether you should challenge the FCC data for internet availability at your home. If you take the simple steps to submit a challenge, it will let policymakers know about the lack of quality internet service in your neighborhood, and potentially help drive federal broadband funding to our area. Why does this matter? These new broadband maps identify where broadband is or is not available. $42.5 billion in federal funding is currently available to expand broadband access and connect rural America. Where that funding goes and how it gets spent will be based on the information shown on these maps. By participating in the challenge process, American families and businesses can help ensure the maps are accurate and make sure this funding goes to connect rural communities. So, be sure to take the survey and encourage your rural neighbors, family members, and friends to take the survey, as well! The deadline to submit a challenge is Friday, Jan. 13, so act fast!
Message from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)