December 29, 2022

FCC Broadband Map Challenge

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published new broadband service and availability maps, which will be used to determine how much funding states will receive from the federal government to provide internet to underserved areas in their state. Challenging the accuracy of these maps is important in Illinois' efforts to bring sustainable, high-speed internet to every home and business. States, residents, cities and businesses can challenge the accuracy of these maps. The deadline to submit a challenge is January 13, 2023.

You have the ability to report the map's accuracy to ensure you have high-speed, affordable internet in Illinois!

Access to high-speed internet isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.

How To Challenge the FCC Map

Do you really get the internet service providers say you do on the FCC Map? Is your home and/or business address correct? Click the link to check and to file a challenge if the information is wrong.

  1. Visit the FCC National Broadband Map website.
  2. Type your address into the Search by Address field and press the enter key. The map will zoom in on your location. 
  3. Review the address and location.
  4. If the address and location are correct, you're all done with the location assessment! If the reported address/location is inaccurate, we encourage you to enter a location challenge.
  5. Review the reported services.
  6. On the right of the screen are the reported broadband service providers and maximum connection speeds they offer for sale at your location.
  7. If the reported services are available at your location, you’re all done with the availability assessment! If the reported service availability is inaccurate, we encourage you to enter an availability challenge.

For video instructions on how to file an availability or location challenge:

How to Submit an Availability Challenge - YouTube

How to File a Location Challenge to the FCC’s Map - YouTube

Please share this information with your friends, neighbors, co-workers and community members.

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