Is your internet service sucking? Missourians, learn how you can help improve the Internet in your area

MISSOURI — Missouri residents, officials and leaders have an opportunity to help improve high-speed Internet access in their area during an upcoming virtual video call with the state Office of Broadband Development (OBD).

Maps recently released by the Federal Communications Commission will determine how much of the $42.45 billion in federal broadband funding will go to Show-Me State through the BEAD program.

The BEAD program, which stands for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment, provides funds to expand high-speed Internet access through funding planning, infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs.

The FCC maps show which areas qualify for these funds based on how many people have access to state broadband service.

A nationwide call scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. will provide information on how people can participate in the challenge process. Registration for the event is possible via Eventbrite or this Link to Missouri Department of Economic Development.

During the OBD meeting, staff will review the card and discuss the FCC’s appeal process, which allows individuals and institutions to submit corrections. This card can be found on the FCC’s website here.

The challenge process can open qualifying or underserved areas to an increased portion of Missouri’s BEAD resources, potentially bringing the state thousands of dollars in broadband support.

All appeals filed by January 13, 2023 will be considered in determining the state’s allocation of BEAD funding.

OBD also works with the University of Missouri Extension to provide personal technical support to individuals interested in submitting challenges to their county offices. You can reach the Jasper and Newton County Extension Offices here and hererespectively.

The Office of Broadband Development also answers questions about the challenge process by calling 573-526-1028 or emailing broadband@ded.mo.gov.

In the past, previous nationwide broadband program maps were not as accurate with their service status in specific regions: some locations were considered “served” even though they still did not have access to broadband financing. The new cards, the FCC believes, list a more accurate breakdown of who doesn’t have access.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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