Before the Broadband Gap, There’s a Mapping Gap to Address ft. CostQuest’s CEO

This week CostQuest’s CEO, Jim Stegeman, was interviewed by Jonathon Chambers from Co-Ops Connect FYI by Conexon, a newsletter with updates and insights for teams operating rural broadband networks.

For this weeks edition of the Co-Ops Connect FYI Newsletter, Jim and Jonathon uncover:

  • Why accuracy in broadband mapping matters
  • Estimates of how many locations in the U.S. that are lacking broadband access
  • How to prepare availability data for the FCC’s Challenge Process to confirm the validity of the service being reported into the Broadband Data Collection at each location

Keep reading Before the Broadband Gap, There’s a Mapping Gap to Address for more insights!

“I’d encourage everyone to watch this brief interview with Jim, particularly the final five minutes or so. It will give you a sense of the enormity of the task in mapping the country.”

Johnathon Chambers from Co-ops Connect FYI, by Conexon.

Key notes:

It’s important to keep in mind the count of unserved and underserved locations lacking broadband is what will determine how much funding from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program is allocated to each of the States on top of their base $100M grant.

CostQuest estimates that there could be as many as 23M to 25M locations in the U.S. that are lacking broadband access. With other data sources indicating about 9 million locations lack access.

Full newsletter: Before the Broadband Gap, There’s a Mapping Gap to Address.

Disclaimer: This disclaimer is required by CostQuest’s Contract No. 273FCC22C0001. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not reviewed or approved any statement in this document for accuracy or validity. The FCC and its employees do not endorse goods or services provided by the Contractor or any other contractor.

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