More than 8.3 million US homes and businesses still do not have access to high-speed broadband Internet services. This was reported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC noted that following a detailed study of national broadband coverage maps, it revised its estimates of the number of homes and businesses denied access to such networks, increasing this figure by 330,000 places. The US Congress has approved $42.45 billion in state and territory grants to expand broadband infrastructure in areas lacking broadband access.
These maps are regularly updated, and since the release of the first version in November, 1 million places have already been added to them.
These new locations have been added to the map after careful analysis of numerous feedback from homeowners and businesses, as well as information provided by broadband internet service providers. This information has been compiled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to determine the availability of high-speed broadband internet as per the current FCC definition, where the minimum download speed is 25 Mbps.
The map data also shows coverage of 5G mobile networks from the country’s major carriers.
This is the first major report by the FCC that explains how new cards are made. In doing so, the FCC reaffirmed its commitment to review these charts twice a year to keep the public informed of data updates in recent months. Probably, before the end of 2023, we can expect another update on the maps.