On Friday, November 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its pre-production draft of new broadband maps. The National Broadband Map
shows which locations in the country lack adequate broadband service and, when finalized, will help determine which locations are eligible to receive a portion of the $42 billion that was allocated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill for broadband upgrades in areas lacking adequate service.
If states, localities, broadband providers, and the general public have concerns about the map’s accuracy, they must file a challenge with the FCC by January 13. The overall timeline for generating a final map can be found here
, and information about the various grant programs that will be available to states and localities can be found here