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FCC wants area residents to weigh in on broadband access

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The Federal Communications Commission is putting together a new map to show where internet service is prevalent and where it is poor.

The idea is to use this map for future plans for broadband service. In order to make sure it is accurate, the FCC is asking for the public’s help.

In a statement from the Allen County Commissioners, the FCC says it is asking for public input on how reliable internet service is at home. The FCC will then take that input and incorporate it into an updated map.

Right now, the FCC is relying on information from census block level data, meaning that if a single home is served in a census block, the whole block would show up as served on the FCC maps.

Commissioner Nelson Peters says “If your home or business has no service or has subprime service, we strongly encourage residents to share their input through the FCC challenge process.”

Officials in Huntington County say they organized their own broadband market assessment and are standing by that data as opposed to using the FCC’s information.

How to file an FCC broadband challenge is below:

Tony Sandleben joined the WBOI News team in September of 2022.