Mapping the Broadband Gap
USTelecom, joined by ITTA, WISPA and a diverse consortium of broadband companies and associations launched the Broadband Mapping Initiative to more accurately map broadband deployment nationwide and close the digital divide.
Beginning with a pilot program in Virginia and Missouri, the Initiative provided the most sophisticated and detailed map of broadband availability in the nation, arming policymakers with granular data to identify where broadband service is lacking and better target scarce funding.
The results: the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric concept is workable, scalable, cost effective and time efficient, with no barriers for nationwide rollout. Congress recently approved funding $98 million to implement the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, bipartisan legislation enacted in 2020 to create a comprehensive national broadband map.
USTelecom is leading the charge to definitively map internet service in America. USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter (CNET)
In addition to USTelecom, the Broadband Mapping Consortium is comprised of individual companies representing providers of different sizes and technology types, including: AT&T, CenturyLink, Chariton Valley, Consolidated, Frontier, Wilkes Communications / RiverStreet Networks, TDS, Verizon, and Windstream. We’ve made tremendous strides in our plan to Map The Gap and close the Digital Divide.
Check out our on-demand webinar outlining results from the Broadband Mapping Initiative pilot in Missouri and Virginia.