How to Set Oregon Up for Success in Improving Broadband Access Across the State
The FCC Launched a National Broadband Map that shows addresses across the U.S. and the quality of internet access for each, with information provided by service providers. Knowing where broadband is available (and more importantly, where it is not) is critical to secure funding and improve broadband access for our underserved communities.
We need everyone’s help to make sure the FCC has the most accurate picture of what we need in Oregon. The following walks through the process to check your address and challenge the data if it shows you have better access than you actually do.
An accurate broadband map will help identify the communities most in need of funding for high-speed internet projects and will be used by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to determine how much federal BEAD funding each state receives. We have until only January 13 to update the map.
What is the FCC National Broadband Map?
The National Broadband Map displays address-specific locations of where internet services are (and are not) available nationwide, as reported by internet service providers. The map allows consumers and other stakeholders to dispute or challenge information shown on the map that they believe is inaccurate. To view the map, visit BroadbandMap.FCC.gov.
- The Fixed Broadband Map shows the fiber, cable, DSL, satellite, or fixed wireless internet services available at each home or small business on the map. When you search for an address and select a location on the map, you can see which providers report offering broadband service at that location, as well as the technologies and maximum advertised download and upload speeds they each offer.
- The Mobile Broadband Map shows the provider-reported 3G, 4G, and 5G coverage of each mobile provider for the area displayed. The coverage areas reflect where consumers should be able to connect to the mobile network when outdoors or in a moving vehicle, but not necessarily indoors. The map allows you to compare mobile wireless coverage reported by different mobile providers.
NOTE: Individual location points appear on the map if you search for a location or zoom in. These points identify buildings or structures – such as a home, apartment building, or small business – where internet services are, or could become, available. Each location is part of a dataset called the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric. Gray location points represent buildings or structures that are not likely to use mass-market broadband services.
The FCC and the State of Oregon are working hard to provide you with resources to complete successful challenges. The following sections provide links to resources:
- Click here to view the FCC National Broadband Map.
- Click here to learn how government entities can participate in the Broadband Data Collection.
- Click here to watch The Fixed Service Availability Data Challenge Process & Implications for Internet for All.
- Click here to learn how to submit an Availability Challenge.
- Click here to learn how to submit a Mobile Challenge.
- Click here to learn how to submit a Location Challenge .
- Click here for Business Oregon’s FCC Broadband Map two-pager and here for the Business Oregon FCC Broadband Map flyer in multiple languages .
- By Oregon Broadband Office
By Oregon Broadband Office