The Raleigh News & Observer this past weekend shined light on the inadequacies of federal broadband data as a challenge in efforts to expand adequate internet service to underserved or unserved areas. "As North Carolina attempts to expand broadband internet to large swaths of the state that are unable to access it, the state government faces one big obstacle: knowing exactly who doesn't have access to high-speed internet," the article begins. "In part, that's because of the way the Federal Communications Commission collects data on the matter, which overstates how many households and businesses can access fast, affordable and reliable internet connections across the country." The article cites an FCC figure that 94 percent of North Carolina households have broadband access, which North Carolina officials know is inaccurate and can impact access to federal money meant to close the broadband gap. The full article dissects the issue and examines policy efforts in North Carolina. (An episode of the League's podcast, Municipal Equation, also recently explored the issue and ramifications.) This month, HB 431 FIBER NC Act, legislation addressing a major League policy goal of improving broadband access through public-private partnerships, won a committee approval after supporters argued that rural communities are falling behind economically and educationally without adequate broadband connections.