Why Is Mapping Important?
Broadband mapping is a critical step toward visualizing what communities still lack access to high-speed, affordable internet in our state. The Federal Communications Commission has published maps to determine how much broadband funding states will receive from the federal government to shore up gaps in their internet service. As part of this process, states, residents, cities, parishes and businesses were encouraged to challenge the accuracy of these maps. Because accuracy is the determining factor for federal broadband funding, we are working to ensure communities stay engaged with the mapping process and that the level of service indicated on these maps reflects the reality on the ground.
There are many resources available to identify broadband access, federal programs and mapping tools that stakeholders can use to investigate what is available and coming to your community. Linked below are just a few!