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Request for Comments on Improving the Quality and Accuracy of Broadband Availability Data

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NTIA, on behalf of the Department of Commerce (Department), is requesting comment on actions that can be taken to improve the quality and accuracy of broadband availability data, particularly in rural areas, as part of the activities directed by Congress in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Through this Request for Comments, NTIA seeks input from a broad range of interested stakeholders—including private industry; academia; federal, state, and local government; not-for-profits; and other stakeholders with an interest in broadband availability—on ways to improve the nation's ability to analyze broadband availability, with the intention of identifying gaps in broadband availability that can be used to improve policymaking and inform public investments. Comments are due on or before 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 16, 2018.

For further information contact Andy Spurgeon, tel.: (720) 389-4900, email:, or Tim Moyer, tel.: (202) 482-6423, email:, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482-7002, or at

May 30, 2018