Existing broadband maps available to the public often overstate service and inaccurately paint large swaths of rural areas and entire urban blocks as having service that quite simply does not exist. The Illinois Office of Broadband is working hard to produce maps that more accurately reflect reality; the maps will be available in 2020 and will reflect data collected from broadband providers and confirmed through field testing and consumer experience.
Meantime, Connect Illinois will rely upon maps that use flawed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 477 data. To the extent these maps overstate service, potential grant applicants and the general public are welcome to challenge the accuracy of the maps.
To be eligible for Connect Illinois broadband funding, grant applicants must propose expanded broadband service and/or infrastructure for unserved or underserved areas – or demonstrate that the maps overstate service in a given area.