The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency of the FCC, developed an interactive online map that shows what high-speed Internet services are available, to every neighborhood in the U.S.A. The first version was completed in 2011.
A few days ago, the new version, with more features and much more current data, was released. It is worth having a look.Highlights
Here are some notable data points, culled by me. The article that I linked to in my previous paragraph has the NTIA’s highlights. In the U.S.A.:
Government agencies, state-level non-profits and carriers provide the information. After verifying, the NTIA and FCC use the data to create the national map.The Map!
The landing page at Broadband Map has an omni-box type input screen. I found it easier to work backward from the views though.
For example, look closely at the map of consumer broadband advertised speeds versus typical speeds. That is very helpful for understanding how much (as a numeric value) your ISP’s, internet service provider’s, advertised speed differs from what you personally observe at home. The reasons for that differential can be described without technical specifics, but they are detailed. It is enough material for a separate blog post, if any one is interested, tell me in the comments, and if so, I’ll write about it. My favorite map is the interactive view by broadband technology type.
Have a look at the data transfer model. It was used to collect data from the multiple contributors. It is NOT intended for use as a mapping tool! It is helpful for an at-a-glance high-level data overview. The format for the transfer data model is a geodatabase.Geodatabase afterthoughts
I do not know if the Broadband Map’s geodatabase conforms to any open standard. I searched, to see if one existed, and was used by the NTIA, but was unsuccessful.. I’m not certain if an open geodatabase standard even exists!
In lieu of anything substantive, I offer a pretty picture.
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It isn’t due to extreme cold, nor latitude, I don’t believe. The body of water in the embedded Google Map here is in a very cold area, e.g. -20 F average winter temperatures, in the northern part of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Yet even chillier bodies of water are blue e.g. in the Arctic Ocean, some distance due north.Possibilites