About the Project
The purpose of this program is to develop an easily read map that shows a comprehensive picture of existing broadband service and to identify areas in the state that still do not have it. This program is funded by a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) State Broadband Data & Development Program (SBDD).
Program staff members are continuously working with broadband service providers in the state to gather information about broadband availability, technology, infrastructure, speed, ARPU and wireless service. The study also will use information provided by private and public sources to meet the project objectives. This will include information about community anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, universities, colleges, hospitals, emergency and public safety installations, and all public buildings. Information obtained from service providers and other sources will be kept confidential.
The project also helps determine what types of service are available and where.
Because the availability of broadband access is ever changing, there will be periodic updates to the map. To ensure accuracy information obtained from service providers will be cross-referenced with the state’s Statewide Addressing and Mapping Board (SAMB) address file, which contains geospatial information and addresses for every structure in the state. This will be followed by ground inspections and consumer surveys to make sure the information is accurate.
State staff members are working with a private contractor to ensure completion and timely delivery of the information to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion in the National Broadband Map.
The project will continue to be updated in order to show changes in infrastructure and broadband availability. The state will assume this responsibility using portions of the grant already available and continuing with alternate funding sources in the future.