The new FCC broadband map lets you challenge service availability

Sal Martinez (left) and Chris Halvorson of Northwest Cable Construction drill holes for conduit that will house TDS Telecom's Internet cable in Elkhorn.  Madison-based TDS says it has spent more than $500 million on expansions in Wisconsin in five years.

A new interactive map showing the availability of high-speed Internet in the United States will drive billions of dollars in grants for expansion. It is full of errors, but unlike previous versions, you can now dispute what is shown for your address and maybe fix it.

And you better do it soon because the Federal Communications Commission has set a January 13 deadline for consumer challenges to the draft map that cost at least $44 million to produce.

Experts say the FCC’s new mapping system is a step in the right direction to deliver high-speed Internet, also known as broadband, to the millions of Americans who need it for school, work and everyday life. days. But getting accurate data has been difficult, even with address-by-address input from service providers, because they either didn’t always provide the information regulators required or were inaccurate.