The FCC last week published a new map showing mobile coverage and availability
data in the U.S. This information was voluntarily submitted by the country’s largest wireless providers prior to the FCC's Broadband DATA Act requirements going into effect.
This is the first public map showing updated mobile coverage released by the FCC and represents a significant improvement over other data previously published by the agency. It also serves as a public test of the standardized criteria developed to facilitate improved mapping under the Broadband DATA Act.
This map provides a preview of how the mobile data the FCC will collect under the Act's standards will look when mapped. The FCC claims that never before have maps been created using these new, standardized mobile data specifications, which will improve the uniformity and consistency of broadband availability data collected by the FCC. This map will allow consumers to search by specific address to better understand whether they should be able to make and receive voice calls or use wireless data. The map separately shows 4G LTE broadband data and voice mobile coverage as of May 15, 2021, for each of the nation’s four largest mobile carriers.