The FCC Finally Made A New Broadband Map Of The US

 

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new map designed to show consumers what kind of cellular coverage they can expect in a given area from AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon. It’s been a long time coming, and it doesn’t address home internet availability, but it looks like an improvement over the agency’s woefully inadequate and inaccurate past attempts to show gaps in the nation’s broadband coverage.

https://fcc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=...

Doesn't it make you wonder

If any palms were greased when making the map?

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areas of concern

The FCC map shows large areas of concern for lack of coverage 50 miles around Delhi, NY. This is part rural and part wilderness. I have already looked at the maps published by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, and half their supposed coverage is not on the FCC map.

No only that, but the people in this area believe that Verizon has the best coverage, but the FCC map shows there is no truth to this.

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Death Valley

Still no coverage in Death Valley! I'm not surprised.

Good luck calling for help if you need it.

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New Map

What am i missing i did not see anything showing cell coverage. There is for the first time ever a cell tower about 3 or 4 miles or less down the road here but with trees it did not help my neighborhood at all

Showing cell coverage

Click on the link to the map. It shows a small-scale map of North America. Search for the town and state you are looking for, and the map zooms in to a large-scale map. Add a map layer by clicking on a cell provider and you will see a colored overlay. Colored areas have cell service. Blank areas do not.

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Thanks for sharing. This

Thanks for sharing. This isn’t perfect, but much better than the previous map attempt.

Thanks...

This is useful information.

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The FCC Finally Made A New Broadband Map Of The US

telecomdigest2 wrote:

Thanks for sharing. This isn’t perfect, but much better than the previous map attempt.

You are welcome.

Home Internet

Jim1348 wrote:

... and it doesn’t address home internet availability...

T-mobile home internet just became available in my neighborhood, so I decided to give it a try. For T-Mobile, home internet requires 5G. Got my router from them a week ago. Ran some speed tests and got some good test results: during non-peak times I get 400Mb/sec and during peak times 150-200Mb/sec. So far it looks pretty good.
Mark

Thanks

for sharing this.

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Great, unexpected from the

Great, unexpected from the FCC. No 5G maps, but unsurprised.

What about 5G?

I guess it will be a few more years before 5G is mapped.

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Coverage

I am doing this on a computer and i am zoomed to my town but see no mention of providers only a Basemap Gallery or does this only work when you use a phone because i see at the bottom of the page says go to widget settings to select layers

Go to the Layer List panel over at the right...

stan393 wrote:

I am doing this on a computer and i am zoomed to my town but see no mention of providers only a Basemap Gallery or does this only work when you use a phone because i see at the bottom of the page says go to widget settings to select layers

Once you are at the map go to the layers panel over to the right where you will find for each carrier an entry labeled "Data" and another labeled "Voice". Click on what you want to see; the carrier and whether Data or Voice capability. One caution, do not click on more than one layer at a time or you will get a false indication.

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Nice!

Great

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I don't think so

I've done several cross country trips and went for days with rarely any cell service, or only minutes of service as I passed through an itty-bitty town, if I was lucky.

From my experience, there is less service than shown on that map.

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Layers Panel

That is what i am saying there is no layers panel or anything else on the right side if using a computer with Windows 10 and the Firefox browser. Are you using a phone or some other browser. Thanks for your help

They are there

I see the panels on the right with the Brave, Chrome and Microsoft Edge Browser. Windows 10.

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Broadband Map

Thank you Jim1348 for the wonderful information.
It's very interesting to see the map layers at diffeerent locations.
It provides a lot of valuabe information.

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agreed

ceevee wrote:

Great, unexpected from the FCC. No 5G maps, but unsurprised.

5G is in my area they've been putting up the 5G antenna all over the past few months or so. Just got a 5G phone a month ago. Honestly I'm not seeing that drastic of a difference, if any at all.

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Got it

Ok i had to turn off my anti virus software Malwarebytes and open Edge which i never use and it worked....thanks for the help

nope

soberbyker wrote:
ceevee wrote:

Great, unexpected from the FCC. No 5G maps, but unsurprised.

5G is in my area they've been putting up the 5G antenna all over the past few months or so. Just got a 5G phone a month ago. Honestly I'm not seeing that drastic of a difference, if any at all.

Don't expect to see any difference unless you play lots of games on your phone or you download large amouhts of data.

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Coverage

I think they are stretching the truth just a bit. As somebody mentioned in this thread "I wonder how many palms were greased making this map". ATT took 3 years to build a cell tower about 3 miles down the road here and with trees close by it did not help my coverage. I use a cellphone signal booster and i turned the outside antenna around and pointed it towards the new tower and it made no difference so i turned it back toward the interstate highway which is further away

Easier to deploy

soberbyker wrote:
ceevee wrote:

Great, unexpected from the FCC. No 5G maps, but unsurprised.

5G is in my area they've been putting up the 5G antenna all over the past few months or so. Just got a 5G phone a month ago. Honestly I'm not seeing that drastic of a difference, if any at all.

5G does not use the typical cell tower. The 5G antenna are about the size of a typical transformer, smaller than a trash can, and are easily placed on existing utility poles. These can be deployed where a tower can't reach, hilly terrain, etc., and there are already utility poles all over the place.

Unless you are a massive data consumer, you will not see a difference. You pretty much have to be someone that uses a cell phone as a workstation.

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5G comes in two flavors

IIRC 5G comes in two flavors and eventually both will coexist. What is being rolled out now is the larger area cell implementation which has arguable improvements over 4G. The second flavor will support much smaller cell areas with serious high speed communication. I don't know if flavor two exists yet.

Yes shown coverage is a little overstated

I agree with others: it's a little optimistic about your ability to get coverage, particularly for data in a moving vehicle or indoors. Just because you can get one bar doesn't mean you can get a webpage to load in any reasonable time or even get a call through without walking out to an open area. Still interesting to see.

Ain't nobody got much love for West Virginia, off the interstates. I knew much of the western US has poor coverage but was surprised to see how bad it was in most of geographical WV as well.

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Interesting coverage

Amazing how when you look at ATT and Verizon both separately the coverage looks pretty good. Then watch a commercial for ATT and you see full coverage for the US BUT really poor coverage for Verizon. I know, I know, it's just the individual companies trying to sway you to go with them. I used ATT and Verizon only because of a recent commercial I saw.

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Stan you may need to try a different browser

stan393 wrote:

What am i missing i did not see anything showing cell coverage. There is for the first time ever a cell tower about 3 or 4 miles or less down the road here but with trees it did not help my neighborhood at all

I couldn't get this map to display correctly on Firefox with add-ons that limit scripts and ads for security reasons. Even when I temporarily dialed the add-on settings back, the right side of the webpage that should display two checkable boxes for each carrier was empty, so all I could see was a map of the US with no coverage shown.

The fix was to open the same page in unmodified Microsoft Edge. Chrome can do it too. Firefox may be able to do it without certain add-ons installed.

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well

Firefox worked just fine here, but I can't see the need to know this. Either I have coverage where I travel or I don't. Knowing some other provider "may" have it is not much help.

As with any other Government web information it is probably not up-to-date and will not be much help for consumers.

I got better cell reception in the Rockies than I did in the concrete canyons of downtown Chicago. So who cares if 4G or 5G is available or not if I can't make a basic phone call?

Maybe someday someone will realize that today's cell phone is just another game platform designed for kids. Notice how the new phone ads rave about the camera and movie features, and, oh yeah, how fast you can play games online?

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Yes

diesel wrote:
soberbyker wrote:
ceevee wrote:

Great, unexpected from the FCC. No 5G maps, but unsurprised.

5G is in my area they've been putting up the 5G antenna all over the past few months or so. Just got a 5G phone a month ago. Honestly I'm not seeing that drastic of a difference, if any at all.

5G does not use the typical cell tower. The 5G antenna are about the size of a typical transformer, smaller than a trash can, and are easily placed on existing utility poles. These can be deployed where a tower can't reach, hilly terrain, etc., and there are already utility poles all over the place.

Unless you are a massive data consumer, you will not see a difference. You pretty much have to be someone that uses a cell phone as a workstation.

Thanks I do know what they look like, as I mentioned they've been installing them all over my area for some time now. Placing them near the top of existing light poles.

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