Welcome to the first-ever public, searchable nationwide map of broadband access.
The National Broadband Map is an unprecedented project created by NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC, and in partnership with each state, territory and the District of Columbia. We created the map at the direction of Congress, which recognized that economic opportunities are driven by access to 21st Century infrastructure.
With funding from NTIA’s State Broadband Data & Development Program, our state partners have gathered and worked to validate broadband data from thousands of providers across the country. Together, we developed a dataset and website that includes more than 25 million searchable records displaying where broadband Internet service is available, the technology used to provide the service, the maximum advertised speeds of the service, and the names of the broadband providers. Whether you are a consumer seeking more information on the broadband options available to you, a researcher or policymaker working to spur greater broadband deployment, a local official aiming to attract investment in your community, or an application developer with innovative ideas, the National Broadband Map can help. And if you don’t find the answer you’re looking for on the map itself, you can download the entire dataset.
While the launch of this map is a huge accomplishment, today is just the beginning. Our partners in the states are working to expand and update this important dataset, and we will update the map with new data every six months. In the meantime, you can help. Each time you search the map, you have the opportunity to tell us about the data you’re seeing. This crowdsourced feedback will be an important tool to improve and refine the data.
We invite you to explore the many features and functionalities the National Broadband Map offers. To start, search for broadband by address. Or go straight to our analysis tools and compare one area to others, and make sure you spend some time with our maps. Want more? Download the dataset, use our APIs and please tell us how you’re using the data.
We expect the map will be a valuable tool as we work to bridge the technological divide, expand economic opportunities, and leverage the power of broadband to address many of the nation’s most pressing challenges. We hope you will make full use of its capabilities and let us know what you think and how we can improve.
On Monday, November 11, the FCC successfully held (we think) a first-of-its-kind event in the U.S. federal government!
FCC Open Developer Day attracted about 100 web developers and other technology professionals to our headquarters building in Washington. We spent a day learning about open data sets and APIs, brainstorming together about how they could be combined to benefit citizens with new apps, and starting coding projects toward those goals.
One focus of FCC Open Developer Day was accessible technology. By facilitating the use of fully-accessible technologies - in line with the FCC’s support for our Accessibility and Innovation Initiative - the FCC is promoting innovation and collaborative problem-solving in the field. One exciting fact: FCC Open Developer Day marked the first time many developers in attendance sat and chatted as a group with others using assistive technologies.
The most valuable take-away from this first foray was the opportunity to build the FCC developer community. The momentum from this event will hopefully help bring the popular activity of Developer Day and "hack-a-thons" to the a federal agency. We were grateful, and a bit surprised, at the number of people who came in from out of town to this event. It was incredibly exciting to the see the Commission Meeting Room, usually set up for formal hearings and presentations, organized in tables for eight people and laptops plugged into power strips.
Here are some cool things we got from having the event:
- A Developer Day Wiki which we will use for further community building (which, by the way, is atop GSA's new collaboration-cloud for govies)
- Some of FCC/Developer APIs are now available as data tables in the YQL console for everyone to use. Here’s an example.
- A teaching example mashup using YQL, HTML 5 location awareness, and our FCC broadband API (code here https://github.com/7mary4/FCC-Locations-Explorer)
- Videos! http://lanyrd.com/2010/fcc-open-developer-day/video/
- A couple of great tutorials from our special guests at Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo! Accessibility team, including these slides from Yahoo!’s Ted Drake
- Some brain-sharing around maps and custom base layers for things like the coming Broadband Map in February 2011 (listen to an interview between Alex Howard and Eric Gunderson from Development Seed in the FCC TEC lab)
- A fluttering of tweeting
- The FCC's first Lanyrd site
One day is too short to get much hacking done, so we are planning to do more developer days to make them a regular activity at the FCC.
P.S. Eager to participate in a gov-related developer day? December 4 is International Open Data Hackathon. FCC will be there. Will you?
(This is cross-posted on The Official FCC Blog)
On Friday the FCC released a Request for Information (RFI) aimed at potential providers of mobile broadband performance measurement and mapping services. The submission period is open through November 5, 2010.
Today, the FCC is releasing the raw data files that were the basis for “Broadband Adoption and Use in America” working paper. The Broadband Data Improvement Act directed the Commission to “conduct and make public periodic surveys of consumers” as part of the FCC’s efforts to understand who uses broadband, who does not, and, if not, why people do not subscribe. We released the results of the survey on February 23rd, and today we make available to the public the underlying data for the survey. The data (downloadable here) comes in several files:
- Raw data: Delivered in SPSS format, which is a popular program for statistical analysis of data. It is a format most other popular statistical programs can read.
- Codebook: This file explains in great detail the structure of the SPSS file, and will be of interest mainly to those wishing to do their own analysis of the data.
- Cross-tabulations: These files show how different categories of respondents (e.g., those in certain age cohorts, or those with different educational levels) answered survey questions.
If you’d like to see the “topline” survey results, they are already online here.
The FCC has a commitment to transparency in conducting the analysis that helps shape the National Broadband Plan. We hope interested members of the public benefit from having access to the data, and the ability to ask questions of the data that the FCC working paper did not pursue. Enjoy!