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Update to the Connect America Phase II - Initial Eligible Areas Map

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Released: August 29, 2014


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DA 14-1260

Released: August 29, 2014



WC Docket No. 10-90

The Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis have

released an update to the Connect America Phase II – Initial Eligible Areas Map, in order to assist parties

interested in determining the eligibility of areas for Connect America funding. The update incorporates a

feature to download geospatial files for a selected Census Tract, or County. The downloaded file is

specifically for use with desktop mapping software to display eligible census blocks, which should help

users investigate potential areas for rural broadband experiments and assist parties participating in the

Phase II challenge process.

In order to utilize this new feature, users should visit the map at

connect-america-fund-phase-ii-initial-eligible-areas-map. Once the map is zoomed in to an area of

interest using the zoom controls on the map, the download options will appear by clicking on the map.

The information on the right side of the map will indicate the selected census tract and county, as well as

cost model details. File format options for download can be selected from the County or Census Tract

menu; Shapefile, geoJSON, KML, and CSV options are available.

In addition, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Rural Broadband

Experiments have been posted on the rural broadband experiments homepage at For more general information about the

Connect America Fund, please see .

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print,

electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental

Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

For further information regarding the geospatial files, please contact Eric Spry, Office of

Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, at 202-418-2030. For further information regarding the FAQs,

please contact Ian Forbes, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau at

202-418-7400; or at TTY (202) 418-0484

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