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New service quickly aggregates critical data to help ensure all underserved locations in a community are represented in Broadband Fabric Maps
SOMERSET, N.J., Dec. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — VCTI, the broadband and network technology experts, today announced its Broadband Map Integrity service. The new offering is designed to help states, municipalities, schools and other interested parties to quickly and efficiently submit challenges to the recently-released FCC maps, the Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric (Fabric), that will inform the allocation of $42.5 billion in BEAD (Broadband Equity Access and Deployment) grants. Current estimates place map inaccuracies at around one-to-two percent, which could translate to three million underserved households being excluded from the final maps.
One fundamental challenge is the variability in how addresses are captured in the myriad of government systems, such as tax records, and within the FCC Fabric. Leveraging their expertise and suite of geospatial tools, the VCTI Broadband Map Integrity solution normalizes the addresses to map to the Fabric, and identifies missing and misclassified locations.
“While the new FCC Broadband Fabric maps are a huge step forward, the variance within a community can be enormous, depending on a host of factors. In multiple rural school districts, we found that 25 percent of homes were missing from the FCC Fabric. That high level of exclusion can have a significant effect on a community’s ability to acquire desperately needed funding to upgrade, or even acquire, decent broadband service,” explained VCTI CEO Raj Singh.
In addition to state and local interest in the maps for BEAD funding, school districts across the country who have already applied for Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) applications now find themselves having to validate that the addresses included in their applications are classified as underserved in the maps. In many cases, the districts may need to provide evidence to challenge the errors and omissions in the maps.
Broadband Map Integrity is the latest addition to VCTI’s Broadband Service Provider Solutions Suite. Other offerings include:
VCTI is a world-class leader in broadband and network technology. The Company offers software solutions and managed services to enable broadband service providers to optimize investments for network evolution, simplify operations, and strengthen their path to digital transformation. VCTI also provides expert technical resources to help technology companies develop complex networked and cloud products. A trusted partner to the most respected and innovative broadband service providers and technology companies globally, VCTI is a privately held, global company headquartered in the US with offices in India. Learn more at www.vcti.io
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