Help Sen. Manchin Fight For Broadband In West Virginia
In 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the rural electrification program to bring electricity to communities across America. Today, the fight to bring reliable broadband to rural communities across the nation is just as important. Without access to the internet, citizens can’t learn, apply for jobs, launch new businesses, or become members of society who can give back to their communities.
In 2016, I raised alarms with the FCC’s broadband coverage maps, which determine how millions of dollars in funding to expand reliable, affordable broadband coverage is allocated, bringing the FCC Chairman to the state to see firsthand why the maps were wrong.
In 2019, I became the only member of Congress to successfully challenge the FCC’s maps. With your help, I collected over 2,400 speed tests from West Virginians that prove the FCC’s maps are incorrect.
In 2020, Congress passed the Broadband DATA Act to fix the country’s faulty broadband coverage maps, including my provisions that require the FCC to establish a user-friendly challenge process that can be used to verify the accuracy of the maps. Now, West Virginians have the opportunity to tell the FCC directly if broadband coverage maps are incorrect.
Check Your Coverage
West Virginians can now finally search the FCC’s map to see if it accurately depicts whether they have broadband coverage at their address. Even more importantly, if the FCC map is not accurate, West Virginians can now provide direct input to the FCC by submitting a challenge to the map. West Virginia stands to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to connect remaining unserved locations, but only if those locations are correct.
If you think the map is incorrect or incomplete, you can submit a challenge to the FCC to correct it.
Take A Speed Test
If your address is currently served, but the maximum speeds listed on the map for your provider do not reflect the speeds that you are paying for, take a speed test and include the results of the speed test in your challenge to the FCC.
To learn more about the FCC's new broadband map and Senator Manchin's work to correct the FCC's incorrect maps, click here.