Before Connect Illinois broadband grants are awarded, applicants will have an opportunity to challenge the accuracy of the Grant Eligibility Map. Likewise, incumbent broadband providers will be allowed to challenge the eligibility of a grant application on the basis of current available broadband service or near-term planned broadband deployment. For instance, should any area of the map include proposed Connect Illinois broadband deployment AND understate existing service levels, we want to hear about it!
Feedback should be provided to the Office of Broadband with shapefiles and/or specific location addresses that demonstrate service availability at or above the program speed threshold of 100/20 Mbps. Information to this end should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Broadband Mapping: [and a brief area description].
The "mapping review" begins a conversation between the Office of Broadband and the Connect Illinois stakeholder. No awards will be made without an opportunity for dialogue on the mapping and service levels in question. The Office of Broadband is committed to making this process as user-friendly and transparent as reasonably possible, and we intend to learn and apply what we can from the processes introduced during the first two rounds of the Connect Illinois grant program. To this end, we welcome all feedback as we seek to improve and refine this process moving forward.