CIT, Virginia Tech release new broadband availability map
The Center for Innovative Technology announced that the latest edition of the Virginia Broadband Availability Map has been released and includes several new dynamic features. The new map, a product of CIT and its partners, Virginia Tech’s Center for Geospatial Information Technology (CGIT) and the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), is a result of the team’s experience working hand-in-hand with local and state government officials to address broadband access deficiencies.
The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is an interactive map that allows users to search by address or locality to identify where broadband services may be available and which providers are providing service in the area. The data behind the map comes from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which receives data directly from the broadband providers.
The latest edition of the map is contained within Virginia’s Integrated Broadband Planning and Analysis Toolbox (ITBX) and allows users to view RUOnlineVA data, population density, vertical assets, and other themes all in comparison to broadband availability. The new features were added to better assist state and local officials in the broadband assessment and planning process.
In addition to the map, the ITBX includes a map book portal and a broadband policy database. The map book portal allows users to create downloadable maps displaying various broadband planning themes and the policy database allows users to select a location and view all of the broadband-related policies that pertain to that location.
The Virginia Broadband Availability Map is part of CIT’s ongoing effort to provide technical assistance to local governments and state agencies to expand broadband capacity and access and improve utilization. The new map can be found at broadband.cgit.vt.edu/IntegratedToolbox/.
About the Center for Innovative Technology, www.cit.org
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