Shelby County Plans Activities to Check FCC Broadband Card Availability

CENTER, Texas. The federal government will soon send more than $40 billion to states to expand internet connectivity, and a new FCC map will determine how the money will be distributed based on the number of unconnected homes.

Village leaders have expressed concern in their communities that the FCC map overstates broadband service availability with up to 25 percent inaccuracies, which could equate to 31,000 homes, and up to an additional $25 million could be impacted on the region.

In response, the Texas Far East Council of Governments (DETCOG) is calling on Shelby County residents to challenge and correct the card if your home or business is not receiving reliable cellular and internet service and/or is not paying a reasonable price for these services. On Thursday, DETCOG will hold three public map review meetings in Shelby County at the following locations:

  • Timpson City Hall, 456 Jacobs Street, Timpson from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.
  • Tenaha City Hall, 238 North George Bowers Drive, Tenaha from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • John D. Wyndham Community Center, Lobby, 146 Express Boulevard, Center from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

The deadline for testing the map is January 13th.

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