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This section contains information about the source of the data provided in the summary. Users interested in viewing this data at more granular levels should use the rank feature or download the dataset.

Number of Wireline Service Providers

Based on the data available, this graphic displays the number of wired broadband providers that the population of the given area can access. This includes providers of DSL, cable, copper, or fiber. The data is aggregated from the census block or road segment level data and was provided to NTIA by each state grantee. If a broadband provider is not included in this data, it will not appear in these results. Please provide feedback by using the crowdsourcing features in the search results for a given address.

Number of Wireless Service Providers

Based on the data available, this graphic displays the number of wireless broadband providers that the population of the given area can access. These figures do not include data about satellite providers. The statistics are derived from the census blocks, road segments or shape files provided by each state grantee. If a broadband provider is not included in this data, it will not appear in these results. To provide feedback about the accuracy of these records, please register your opinion in the search results for a given address.

Technology

Based on the data available, this graphic displays the general categories of technology collected through the SBDD program: DSL, fiber, cable, or wireless. Other technologies, such as Broadband over Power Line are included in the Other category. The wireless category does not include satellite data. The statistics are derived from the census blocks, road segments or shape files provided by each state grantee. If a broadband provider is not included in this data, it will not appear in these results. To provide feedback about the accuracy of these records, please register your opinion in the search results for a given address.

Speed

Based on the data available, this graphic displays the speed available to the population of the given area. In this section, the speed data is divided into three sections: unreported, greater than or equal to 768 kbps downstream and greater than or equal to 200 kbps upstream; and greater than or equal to 3 Mbps downstream and 768 kbps upstream. The complete dataset includes 9 speed tiers between 768 kbps and greater than 1 Gbps downstream and 11 speed tiers between 200 kbps and greater than 1 Gbps upstream. Users can view details about these individual speed tiers in the Rank section or by downloading the entire dataset.

Speedtest

The data contained in this graphic are derived from the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Consumer Broadband Test. As stated by the FCC on its website: The purpose of the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta) is to give consumers additional information about the quality of their broadband connections and to create awareness about the importance of broadband quality in accessing content and services over the internet. Additionally, the FCC may use data collected from the Consumer Broadband Test (Beta), along with submitted street address, to analyze broadband quality and availability on a geographic basis across the United States. The Consumer Broadband Test, currently in beta, is the FCC's first attempt at providing consumers real-time information about the quality of their broadband connections. Because measuring broadband speeds with software tools is not an exact science, we are providing two popular consumer broadband testing tools in this Beta version: Ookla and M-Lab. Both will enable consumers to test the quality of their broadband connection by transferring a small temporary file back and forth and measuring the results. Users will be randomly assigned to one of the two chosen testing tools: Ookla or Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT) running on the Measurement Lab (M-Lab) platform, or they can choose their preferred tool by using links on this page. Each test is likely to provide a different result, and the differences may be significant in some cases. While the tests will give consumers some information on relative speeds, the FCC does not endorse either one as being a definitive testing method. In the future, the FCC anticipates making additional broadband testing applications available for consumer use. The FCC does not endorse any specific testing application. Data as of: 06/30/14

Community Anchor Institutions

Community Anchor Institutions include schools, libraries, medical and healthcare providers, public safety entities, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, and other community support organizations and entities. SBDD grantees have collected data about the broadband plans to which these organizations subscribe. At this time, the data below does not represent all community anchor institutions, but in many cases does provide a substantial number of organizations. The curves to the right of the data present the data in a graph. Move your mouse over the curve to display the graphic.

BTOP State Funding

The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under Section 6001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Broadband Initiatives Program is administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) under Section 6001 of ARRA. NTIA distributed nearly $4 billion in grants and RUS distributed nearly $3 billion. These investments are designed to help bridge the technological divide, create jobs, and improve education and public safety in communities across the country. The list of grants awarded will always display per state even if a smaller unit of geography is chosen.

BIP State Funding

The Broadband Initiatives Program is administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) under Section 6001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). RUS distributed nearly $3 billion in grants and loans under this program. The list of grants awarded will always display per state even if a smaller unit of geography is chosen.

Demographics

Demographics include age, race, income and education characteristics for a population living in a given area. The National Broadband Map uses demographic statistics from the U.S. Census bureau, as well as GeoLytics, a private company that provides population and demographic estimates at the block level. Below is a list of datasets the National Broadband Map uses for demographic characteristics: