Broadband maps are key to ensuring that grant money goes to those who need it. There are several maps that attempt to give an accurate picture of broadband coverage, both nationwide and in Texas.
The Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) has created a comprehensive address-level map depicting broadband availability data for the state of Texas. The Texas Broadband Development Map will be used to bridge the digital divide and help ensure that all residents have access to reliable broadband service.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) release its latest National Broadband Map in November of 2022. This map determines how federal funds will be allocated to each state.
BDO provides guidance to local and tribal governments; third parties (such as other ISPs or public interest groups); and individuals to challenge the FCC Map.
The BroadbandUSA program, housed within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), serves state, local, and tribal governments, industry, and nonprofits that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion.
The. Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) interactive mapping tool provides the geographic locations of public Wi-Fi hotspots in Texas and allows users to submit available locations of public Wi-Fi. These hotspots can be used for remote learning, telehealth visits, remote work and virtual court appearances during the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a joint project of the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Texas Legal Services Center – TexasLawHelp and Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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