National Broadband Inventory Map Released

Feb 17, 2011 3:30 PM PST
BARCELONA — Internet users can now see where high speed Internet is available across the country thanks to a new national broadband inventory map released by the Commerce Department.

The national broadband map is a searchable database with more than 25 million records that show where broadband Internet service is available, the technology used to provide the service, the advertised speeds of the service and the names of the service providers.

Users can search by address, view data on a map, or use other interactive tools to compare broadband across various geographies, such as states, counties or congressional districts.

Officials said the map can help businesses decide if they want to move to a certain location and spur new business based on broadband availability.

"The national broadband map shows there are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broadband service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy,” said Larry Strickling, assistant secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

“We are pleased to see the increase in broadband adoption last year, particularly in light of the difficult economic environment, but a digital divide remains," Strickling said in a statement.

The broadband map can be found here.

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