Broadband high-speed quality Internet access is becoming more and more in demand as web-based technologies are being utilized to drive economic growth, job creation, and social engagement. In the past few years, a lot of effort has gone into positioning broadband as our newest infrastructure, and a utility that is equally as vital as our electricity, gas, water and sewer. Because of its critical nature, broadband is consistently being described as an asset to community development and a tool that can power local economies, engage community residents, improve education and enhance quality of life.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recognized this need and issued the Gigabit City Challenge in January 2013, challenging broadband Internet providers and local and state governments to bring at least one gigabit-speed Internet community to all 50 states by 2015.
There are also a number of federal broadband funding sources available from the Department of Commerce to libraries, schools, public safety, and rural areas to
In order to take full advantage of broadband, it is important for planners to first know the current broadband capacity and usage of their community, which includes understanding what upload and download speeds is currently available from providers and how that compares to the subscription service that institutions have.
That's why we need your help!
New Jersey was awarded a Broadband Mapping grant as part of the State Broadband Initiative funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). CpmmectingNJ, which is part of the Office of Information Technology has been collecting broadband data from the community anchor institutions and updating the New Jersey Broadband Map and the National Broadband Map every six months.
The grant is coming to an end this year and New Jersey will begin wrapping up the grant in the fourth quarter of 2014. The final data collection effort to be submitted to the National Broadband Map will be between June 2014 and August 2014.
We are asking for your help to help us collect data from your community anchor institutions with broadband information on the broadband speed and the technology that is being used.
Specific organizations we seek data from include the
following Community Anchor Institutions:
- Higher Education
- Government Offices
- Public Safety
The map can provide you value because identifies where broadband is available across the state, including the upload and download speed available, and the technology available it will be the official tool of the FCC for broadband funding and broadband assessment nationwide.
The chart below depicts the current broadband capacity for community anchor institutions across the State. As you can see, the blue legend indicates there is still a lot of data missing to truly obtain a full picture of broadband capacity being used by Community Anchor Institutions.
Also of importance to note, the green legend indicates that very few community anchor institutions have next generation broadband capacity.
Below is the data summarized by County
The broadband data we have collected from the providers, include the following analysis on the wireline download speeds by county:
The last row compares us to the nation's average.
The next chart provides the data for wireline download speeds by county.
You can visit our Broadband Map Page to get the full report, download the broadband map data and navigate the interactive map. You can also visit the National Broadband Map to see how New Jersey compares to other states around the country.
This is our last chance as part of the State Broadband Initiative to provide the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with more comprehensive data for the last submission.
We are seeking your support us in this effort and hope you see this also as a benefit to you.
Here are three ways you can help:
- You can ask your community anchor Institutions to complete this Community Anchor Institution Broadband Survey.
- You can provide us a file with broadband data on your community Anchor Institutions using theData Collection template.
- You can provide us with information on your broadband plans, by completing the Broadband Planners Survey
To contact us, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org