Inaccurate maps hinder Bipartisan Infrastructure Law broadband funding.

Inaccurate maps hinder Bipartisan Infrastructure Law broadband funding.

The Commerce Department can't grant $42.5 billion until the FCC improves coverage data.

President Biden's $1 trillion infrastructure programme hasn't included $42.5 billion for underserved internet access.

The Commerce Department can't distribute the money until the FCC publishes new coverage maps.

Inaccurate coverage data has hampered federal efforts to close the rural internet gap.

FCC previously utilised Form 477 to map internet availability. Documents contain errors and exaggerations.

The Broadband Statistics Act began mandating the FCC to gather more coverage data in 2020.

In early 2021, Congress funded the mandate and the Commission issued its first updated map.

The FCC will issue new maps in mid-November after a contractor dispute.

Consumers and companies can question the agency's data once they're available.

Due to this extra stage, broadband plan funds won't reach ISPs until 2023, according to a Journal analyst.