Help Inform Internet Funding with FCC Map & Mobile App
The Midland County Internet Connectivity Committee (MCIC) announces the deployment of a new broadband speed test app to help verify and challenge broadband availability areas in Midland County.
The app has been developed in conjunction with the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) National Broadband Map which indicates where internet services are offered to fixed locations as well as mobile 3G, 4G, and 5G coverage areas reported by internet service providers. We urge Midland County residents to check their home and business address on the preliminary broadband map to ensure it accurately reflects their level of internet access. The map will be used to deploy federal funding that will inject millions of dollars into the construction and operation of broadband networks throughout the state.
Below are the steps to access the FCC broadband map:
- From a computer or mobile device visit fcc.gov/home, enter an address in the “Search by Address” field to verify that the reported coverage is accurate.
- Residents can submit a challenge by clicking “Location Challenge” if the location of their home or business is missing or incorrect, or “Availability Challenge” if the internet service information is incorrect.
- Residents should visit the website of any internet service provider that claims to serve their location and use the website’s “Check Availability” or similar tool to determine if the provider can serve their location. A screenshot of their website can be submitted to the FCC as evidence of an availability challenge.
By downloading the FCC Speed Test App to your iOS or Android device, you can obtain information about the performance of your Wi-Fi or mobile wireless internet connection. The results of those tests will be automatically sent to the FCC.
Make a Challenge if Data is Incorrect
If the information on mobile coverage submitted by your provider doesn’t match your experience, you can dispute that information by performing a “Challenge Speed Test” within the app from an outdoor location or in your vehicle. The information collected through the challenge process will be analyzed monthly to highlight pattern areas and determine the accuracy and reliability of the National Broadband Map which will inform where federal funding will be deployed.
For more information visit the Broadband Data Collection Help Center (fcc.gov).