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New Texas Broadband Development Map Shows Area Internet Problems

(KWTX)- On January 12, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released a new Texas Broadband Development Map that measures the availability of Internet access throughout Texas.

The card, issued every two years, uses information obtained from Internet service providers.

Despite what it says on the map, some people in central Texas don’t have reliable internet speeds.

“In terms of some coverage, the northern portions of Bell County and the southern portions of the I-35 and I-14 corridor, capacity is limited,” said Bell County Chief Technology Officer Adam Ward.

According to the controller’s map, of the nearly 123,873 people served in Bell County, nearly 7,446 do not have internet access.

The numbers look similar for McLennan County, which serves nearly 88,722 people.

Ward does not consider these figures accurate.

“As far as I know, this is not true. I know some people who live in some rural areas. That the information is not true,” Ward said.

According to the controller, these inaccuracies are due to the lack of information on the customer’s side.

Unlike the controller card, which cannot be challenged, the FCC National Broadband Card can be challenged if inaccurate information is found.

The only catch is that Friday, January 13th is the last day for this.

“We urge all citizens to go to the map, check their address and Internet providers. If any of these details are incorrect, press the call button and fill in the information for the call,” Ward said.

It is important to report inaccuracies as the federal government has allocated billions of dollars to fix the problem.

Ward says this attention to broadband is once in a lifetime and should not be ignored.

To report any inaccuracies, Click here.

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