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Mapping Broadband for Anchor Institutions

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Date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

Time: 11:15AM - 12:30PM

Room: Commonwealth


Watch the Video Recording of this Panel Discussion Here!

(Recorded by Mediasite)



Broadband mapping is an enormous effort that involves every state government and broadband providers. Mapping broadband for community anchor institutions is particularly vexing, as anchor institutions receive their broadband connections from a wide variety of commercial and non-commercial providers, and states often take different approaches to gathering this information. Representatives from NTIA and state mapping agencies will discuss successful initiatives and challenges regarding broadband mapping of community anchor institutions.


Moderator: Anne Neville, Director of State Broadband Initiative, NTIA




Summary of Session:  SHLB F3 Mapping Broadband Anchor Institutions.pdf




Comments (1)

jbertot@... said

at 12:21 pm on May 23, 2012

The Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) just released a report in May 2012 that was a first in-depth analysis of public libraries as represented in the CAI dataset/Map. It uses the Public Library Funding & Technology Access (www.plinternetsurvey.org) survey (funded by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) data as a reference point for public library broadband data. You can find the full report at http://ipac.umd.edu/Files/CAI_NBM_final_15May2012.pdf.

Key findings from the study include that: 1) there is a need for agreement on library types to be included in the Map; 2) there is a lack of consistency in data collection across the state mapping grantees; 3) there is a need for better integration and use of public library identifier data from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Service public library data files; 4) though there is reasonable agreement between the Map and PLFTAS broadband data, there are disparities at the state level; and 5) the Map continues to improve in terms of accuracy and utility with each successive release. iPAC is working with NTIA and ALA on continued improvements to the Map, particularly public library representation in the Map.

The study also found that there is a need for additional research to: continue identification of public libraries in the NBM CAI dataset; explore the identified discrepancies reported by libraries in the PLFTAS survey and those within the NBM CAI dataset; overlay additional datasets to further explore issues of public library broadband connectivity; and conduct a longitudinal analysis of all National Broadband Map Community Anchor Institutions, not just public libraries.

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