Many Vermonters don’t have access to adequate broadband but a recent FCC map rendition claims the state is 98% covered
Many Vermonters don’t have access to adequate broadband but a recent FCC map rendition claims the state is 98% covered. The state is hoping people to refute this claim, saying Vermont is missing out on millions of need-based dollars granted to improve connectivity. The Vermont Community Broadband Board said they believe there are more than 20,000 inaccurate services reported in Vermont’s section of the FCC map. “The map is based on internet service providers’ self-reporting. So they are telling us they see what they’re providing. And we’re not saying anyone is doing anything wrong, but it may be overstated,” said Herryn Herzog with Vermont Community Broadband Board. Gray dots make up the majority of the map, indicating a slower download speed than what the state considers adequate, 25 megabytes download & 3 megabytes upload speeds. Off-pink dots on the map indicate residences that lack even that. The Vermont Community Broadband board says they’re working on disputing the FCC map on a statewide level to try to get as much funding as possible. But they also say Vermonters can dispute their own property reports in this effort, too.