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States couldn't afford to wait for the FCC's broadband maps to improve. So they didn't

States couldn't afford to wait for the FCC's broadband maps to improve. So they didn't

Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania and others took mapping into their own hands, building their own granular data to pinpoint gaps in internet coverage and apply for federal funding.Three years ago, Georgia state officials knew they had a problem. The state needed federal funding to bring broadband to unserved parts, but no one knew where those gaps actually were. The , and Georgia didn't have any of its own. So those officials decided to build their own maps.The state legislature formed the Georgia Broadband Deployment Initiative and passed a law that made it easier for service providers to...

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Millions of Americans can't get broadband because of the FCC's faulty map. There's a fix

Millions of Americans can't get broadband because of the FCC's faulty map. There's a fix

A fundamental flaw in closing the digital divide is not knowing where the problems actually are. We're finally about to see changes.When Kathi Shorey moved to a rural region of western Maine about 40 years ago, she knew she was giving up some comforts of life in the Boston suburbs. Her new home of , located 47 miles from Portland, didn't have big box retailers or major universities, and its population of about 400 people could all fit into a single city apartment building. Shorey never anticipated that decades later, her chosen home would make it impossible for her to work remotely and stay...

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