The Interactive Rural Broadband Service Map allows potential BEAD subgrantees to explore eligible project areas, view previously funded awards, and easily see existing ISP footprints in potential deployment areas. The tool is designed to support efficient initial assessments of eligibility by census block, and the creation of a high level grant strategy based on that eligibility.

Please note: This dynamic tool bases BEAD-eligible areas on the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Data Collection filings. While the BEAD rules require that Eligible Entities use the FCC National Broadband Map — also known as “the Fabric” — as the basis for their broadband eligibility maps, the data may diverge at the state level once Eligible Entities complete the BEAD challenge process, so please use this tool in conjunction with maps provided by your Eligible Entity after the challenge process has been completed. 

At this time, the Interactive Rural Broadband Service Map defines eligibility at the census block level based on the FCC’s data. The data will be updated periodically throughout the BEAD process based on new Fabric releases. 

About the data

The broadband data in the Interactive Rural Broadband Service Map comes from the Federal Communication Commission’s Broadband Data Collection (BDC), which provides information about the internet services available to broadband serviceable locations across the country. 

As part of the BDC, all internet service providers (ISPs) must file data with the FCC twice a year describing where they offer mass-market internet access service using their broadband network facilities. The Interactive Rural Broadband Service Map uses BDC data from the June 30, 2023, release, which was downloaded on Nov. 3, 2023.

Auction 904: Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) data helps determine whether a census block has previously received federal funding. Given that census block geographies were updated post the 2020 census, blocks on the map are considered to have received federal funding under two conditions: if their boundaries remained unchanged since 2020 and they received RDOF funding before 2020, or if a block’s 2020 boundaries intersect with those of a 2010 census block that received RDOF funding. We utilized the list of Authorized Auction 904 long-form applicants (updated as of Jan. 13, 2023) along with two versions of census blocks covered by Auction 904 defaults (dated Nov. 10, 2022, and Dec. 20, 2023).

The demographic data in the detailed view comes from the 2022 American Community Survey. These estimates of population and computer access are based on survey results collected by the Census Bureau between 2018 and 2022.  The demographic information in the mapping tool is presented at the census tract-level, so each block nested within the same tract will display the same demographic data. 

Census block geographies come from 2020 Tiger/Line Shapefiles.

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