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Wednesday, April, 16, 2014BIG News for Connected Nation States!

Have you heard the good news? States with Connected Nation programs surpass the national average in broadband adoption, according to the latest figures!In the eight states surveyed, the broadband adoption rate for 2013 was 76%, surpassing the national average of 70% estimated by the Pew Research Center. Growth of broadband adoption was also higher in Connected Nation states, with an increase of 11% points since 2010 compared to the national growth rate of only 4% points during that same timeframe.This is incredible news as our teams continue to working with communities across the nation to bridge the digital divide. Progress is being made...

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Tuesday, April, 15, 2014Broadband Service and Speed Maps Updated for April 2014

As reported in last week’s GIS blog, the April 2014 State Broadband Initiative (SBI) datasets were submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Connected Nation has moved into “map production mode.” The GIS datasets gathered, processed, aggregated, and analyzed include wireline broadband service areas (cable, DSL, fiber-to-the-home), wireless broadband service areas (fixed wireless, mobile wireless, and satellite), and middle-mile points of presence, or PoPs (e.g., locations where a provider’s network connects to the Internet backbone). Also collected and reported is connectivity...

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