Using Speed Data to Challenge State Maps [Whitepaper]

Posted by John Sarkis on Aug 3, 2023 1:36:03 PM
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As the disbursement of Broadband Expansion and Deployment (BEAD) funds to states is underway, eligible entities, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), counties, and other organizations, are actively formulating plans to secure and allocate these resources to promote digital equity.

You can download our new whitepaper at the bottom of this blog post. 

Throughout this process, both states and providers acknowledge the importance of scrutinizing state maps to ensure their accuracy. The longstanding concern regarding the precision of broadband maps underscores the critical need for reliable data as a guiding force in implementing essential improvements to broadband infrastructure.

While several methods exist for collecting speed data on the ground, only a select few can guarantee the necessary precision to allocate funds based on genuinely accurate data. Advanced Technologies & Services (ATS) has developed an innovative methodology using Stamper Boxes as data collection agents, delivering highly accurate speed and location metrics. This approach benefits not only ISPs, counties, and state officials, but anyone seeking a comprehensive evaluation of broadband quality within a community.

This aligns with the state challenge process, occurring as states submit their challenge processes to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of their initial BEAD funding proposals. Certain states have already released their first volumes for public feedback ahead of the December 27 deadline.

This challenge process presents the last opportunity for eligible entities to rectify any inaccuracies in state maps before fund allocation.

In the Whitepaper, we will dive into the NTIA State challenge guidelines, identify who should closely monitor the upcoming challenge process, and demonstrate how ATS can play a pivotal role in enhancing your area's broadband data.

Click here to download the whitepaper now!

We'd also love to formally invite you to our Webinar on BEAD Data & Speed Tests on Wednesday, August 9th at 3pm ET. We are thrilled to have Paige Shapiro, the NTIA Officer for the state of Tennessee, joining us for this event. Sign up today!


Topics: BEAD, Broadband Mapping