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Grassley uses Chickasaw County to point out broadband issues in rural Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa’s two US senators are appealing to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to do more to ensure the accuracy of maps detailing broadband access in rural America.

Senator Chuck Grassley says he and fellow Republican Senator Joni Ernst are finding radical differences between what the F-C-C maps say versus what technology infrastructure is truly in place across Iowa.


Grassley says the FCC data “drastically overstates” the level of broadband access throughout Iowa.


Grassley uses the example of Chickasaw County in northeast Iowa, saying there’s a huge discrepancy between the government agency’s information and reality.


The letter Ernst and Grassley sent the FCC says they appreciate efforts to expand rural broadband connectivity, but note it’s “critical for these maps to be improved” so public and private partners have access to accurate data in order to bridge the digital divide.


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