Indicators of US Broadband Need
The First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the US.
The Indicators of Broadband Need map was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map brings together several different datasets to show information on broadband availability within the United States.
Layers in this map were created using data from:
- the U.S. Census (the American Community Survey),
- Ookla Speedtest results,
- Measurement Lab (M-Lab) speed test results,
- the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
- the Department of Education and internal NTIA data resources.
All data is shown at one of three Census geographic levels: county, census tract, or census block.
The public “Indicators of Broadband Need” tool released today puts on one map, for the first time, data from both public and private sources.
Updated Information on Participating States, U.S. Territories, and Federal Agencies:
NTIA’s National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM) includes 38 state participants: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming; two U.S. territories: American Samoa and Puerto Rico; as well as six federal agencies: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Economic Development Administration (EDA), Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).
“As we release this important data to the public, it paints a sobering view of the challenges facing far too many Americans as they try to connect to high-speed broadband and participate in our modern economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “In his American Jobs Plan, President Biden has proposed a once-in-a-lifetime investment that would finally connect one hundred percent of the country to reliable and affordable high-speed broadband.”
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