State seeking residents' input on federal broadband map
Last updated 1/5/2023 at 11:36am
The state is encouraging residents to participate in checking the national broadband map, which tracks where internet service exists in every location in the country.
The map's accuracy will play a crucial role in future broadband funding across the state, including $900 million in federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) funding, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Commerce.
"The inaccuracy of the (Federal Communications Commission) data has significance in our ability in local communities and in our state to expand internet access to under and unserved communities," Island County Commissioner Janet St. Clair wrote in an email to the Stanwood Camano News. "FCC maps declare Island County to be 97% covered yet we know many parts of Whidbey Island are without adequate access."
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