A wake up call on the importance of broadband mapping from Doug Dawson

Doug Dawson asks, “Are You Covered by the RDOF Grant?” But what he’s really saying is if you live in an area that doesn’t qualify for RDOF funding, yet needs better broadband, you are probably in trouble. There are a few other options that he mentioned but at the end of the day he’s emphatic…

If your neighborhood has poor broadband and isn’t covered by these grants, then you need to yell bloody murder to anybody and everybody. Complain to local, state and federal politicians. The fact is that if your neighborhood isn’t on these maps, or isn’t covered by a few other existing grant programs, then you are not likely to be getting broadband with federal grant assistance any time soon. You aren’t going to be alone and there are millions of other rural residents in this same situation – so join forces and shout until there is a solution.

He offers help figuring out if you qualify…

You can zoom in on this map to see if your home or business will be covered by this giant grant program.

And he details some of the other options. But if those don’t work out, you’ll want to be talking to your neighbors about how important this is to you. Is it important enough to start making noise?

This entry was posted in Building Broadband Tools, Digital Divide by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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