June 25, 2020

Manchin Submits Over 1,000 Speed Tests To FCC, Sets New Goal Of 2,000 By End Of Year

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced he has submitted over 1,000 speed tests from West Virginians across the state to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These speed tests prove the FCC’s broadband coverage maps are incorrect and need to be fixed before billions of dollars of one-time federal funds are all spent.

“Earlier this year I set a goal of submitting 1,000 speed tests to the FCC from West Virginians by the end of 2020. Today, I am proud to announce that we have submitted over 1,000 speed tests to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that prove their broadband coverage maps are wrong. This is a testament to the incredible efforts West Virginians are making to get better broadband access for themselves, their family, friends and neighbors in the Mountain State. We’ve also found that less than 25% of the submitted speed tests are even eligible for funding through the $20 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) which is meant to expand broadband in rural areas of America. This is unacceptable. The fight is far from over, which is why I’ve updated my goal to submit an additional 1,000 speed tests to the FCC by the end of 2020. I’ll continue sending West Virginians’ speed tests to the FCC, urging them to create a user-friendly public feedback system just like they are required to do under law, and to fix their coverage maps before billions more federal dollars are sent out the door. Help me help West Virginia get better broadband by submitting your own test at https://www.manchin.senate.gov/speedtest.”

To view a timeline of Senator Manchin’s efforts to expand broadband access, please click here.