Lake County residents encouraged to confirm broadband access information

Challenge window closes January 13

Lake County residents are encouraged to confirm the accuracy of their broadband access with the state. The window to challenge the information closes January 13.

Lake County residents are encouraged to confirm the accuracy of their broadband access with the state. The window to challenge the information closes January 13.

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LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Economic Development Alliance and the Lake County board of commissioners are encouraging all Lake County residents and businesses to confirm or challenge their access to high-speed internet by January 13, 2023.

The Federal Communications Commission has released a new map of broadband service for the nation.  Unlike previous maps, this new data collection provides information at the address level.  For the first time, the FCC is accepting challenges to the data shown on the maps and encourages consumers and communities to examine the map’s accuracy. 

The Michigan High-Speed Internet Office is working to identify discrepancies state-wide, however the LCEDA and the board of commissioners are suggesting Lake County residents take the initiative to ensure our community data is correct.

Having an accurate federal map will ensure that Michigan receives its equitable share of funding through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program to invest in achieving universal broadband availability for the state.

“It is critical that Lake County residents visit broadbandmap.fcc.gov by January 13 to make sure the internet service availability, speed and pricing information for their residences and businesses is correct,” said Jodi Nichols, LCEDA executive director. “If it isn’t, there is a link to follow on the site to challenge the accuracy of the information listed. These challenges are important so that areas that are unserved and underserved are properly recognized as such.  We all want better, faster, more affordable internet in our community. This is one way each of us can help make that a reality.”

To check the accuracy of your information, visit broadbandmap.fcc.gov. 

Those needing access or assistance may visit a Lake County library branch during regular hours by to access the site and make a challenge.