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 BDO has made a strategic business decision to move on from the mapping vendor, LightBox, to ensure we provide the most accurate and comprehensive picture of broadband serviceability in Texas. State statute (Texas Government Code, Section 490I.105) allows the BDO to use the best data sources available, including the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Broadband Data Collection to achieve this goal. Two primary purposes drive this move: align the Texas map with the federal map and the BEAD program and define reliable broadband more accurately.
We want to clarify that the refresh of the Texas Broadband Development Map will not be published by Jan. 1, 2024. We are committed to providing our stakeholders with the most up-to-date and reliable information, and we are confident that using federal data sources will lead to a more comprehensive and accurate representation of broadband serviceability in Texas. While the development of this map is still to be determined, we urge our users to refer to the FCC's National Broadband Map as the primary data source. As always, we will continue to update our stakeholders as we refine the Texas Broadband Development Map.
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.
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