Is There Hope for Broadband Maps That Suck?

Recently I’ve sat in a couple of gatherings of local government IT, economic development and other department managers who are planning broadband strategy for their respective towns or regions. One theme pops up frequently, and it’s about those broadband maps.

Connected Nation recently announced an upgrade to their mapping application that’s being used in S. Carolina. There’s another story, though. One state resident saw on the map that his home had AT&T DSL service. But when Joe Roget called the company, “They said they had no idea what I was talking about and that whatever map data I was looking at was totally wrong,” Roget reports to Stop the Cap! “The operator was frank with me, saying it was highly unlikely I would ever receive DSL from AT&T and the company was really not expanding DSL access any longer.”

Joe isn’t alone. I spend a lot of time at conferences, in meetings and on the phone with stakeholders from a variety of rural and urban communities across the country. Read a lot of articles about this map issue too. I’m convinced this problem exists in more places than the powers that be let on.

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