New broadband map of San Antonio may overstate internet availability

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A new map that will be used to allocate federal money overestimates the availability of internet service in San Antonio, officials say.

A new national broadband map that will be used to allocate federal money to states for future high-speed internet projects overestimates the availability of broadband internet service in San Antonio, local officials say.

And the timeframe to correct the map — the deadline is Jan. 13 — means the city and county could miss out on crucial federal funding that could help expand broadband access.

In a joint letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications Information Administration Wednesday, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and SA Digital Connects condemned the new map, saying it “unquestionably overestimates the availability of broadband internet service in our community.”

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