FCC needs Nebraskans’ help mapping broadband availability
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As billions of dollars are poured into Nebraska’s broadband infrastructure, the Federal Communications Commission is collecting information on internet connectivity.
The FCC is trying to build an accurate broadband map to better understand where infrastructure should be built.
The map shows locations with known broadband and mobile internet connectivity. A search of any address shows which services are available at that location, to the best of the FCC’s knowledge.
Officials are asking Americans to test the FCC’s information by looking up their address and verifying the connectivity information.
The map also lets Americans provide correct information about their location should that information be incorrect or missing.
In November, the State of Nebraska received two grants worth $5.6 million for the development of plans to expand broadband services.
As the state and internet service providers prepare to expand broadband access, the Nebraska Farm Bureau is encouraging rural Nebraskans to use the FCC’s map.
“This is an incredibly important process that all rural Nebraskans should take part in,” President Mark McHargue said in a press release. “Ensuring quality broadband and internet services are provided to Nebraska farm and ranch communities is a key goal of Nebraska Farm Bureau, and we are pleased to support this process to hold the federal government accountable to the infrastructure investment the federal government promised.”
For more information on the FCC’s broadband map, including links for the app and information on how it works, you can visit the commission’s website.