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The I3 Connectivity Explorer is the broadband visualization tool for anyone who knows that her or his broadband options are limited and wants to improve their situation.

In the U.S., most of us would agree that  “my broadband options are limited,” unless we already live in a metropolitan neighborhood supporting multiple high-speed network providers. This project’s goal is to help everyone else get out of the first group “my broadband is iffy” and into a second group “and I want to do something about it!” so that eventually we can all say “our broadband is great!

The I3 Connectivity Explorer is intended to provide a common basis for understanding your local situation. The application gathers data from U.S. Government agencies — FCC, Census, EPA, USDA — and other public sources such as the Measurement Lab and the Pro Publica Congress API. It then localizes the data to the places we live: towns, counties and county subdivisions, tribal regions, school and congressional districts; and presents the data in easy to use graphical (maps and charts) and tabular formats.

The application aspires to provide the best data possible based on openly available data sources. But the real data is imperfect. It’s spotty. It’s what the providers report or users collect. The data will inform you broadly about your your town, your county, or your tribal area, but it won’t tell you what precisely what is available today in your apartment or on your front porch. The Connectivity Explorer will help you with where to start looking and provide ideas on to get better connectivity to everyone in your community.

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Version 0.20: A Shorter URL, a Privacy Policy Update, Fresh FCC Data, and New Features

A new, shorter, url:  https://i3connect.org You can now access the I3 Connectivity Explorer at https://i3connect.org/ Your current bookmarks will continue to work. Privacy Policy Update (Version 1.2) TLDR; Our policy remains one of user-consent and keeping your data private. The changes introduced in Version 1.2 are incremental. The updated policy clarifies the wording concerning web analytics (which remain …

Exploring Community Data Worksheet

The Exploring Community Data Worksheet is designed to support community planners when gathering and synthesizing federal data about broadband access and adoption. Pairing federal data with local data and insights supports data-driven decision making at the local level. The Exploring Community Data Worksheet Worksheet was developed for the August 27 & 28 ReConnect Broadband Workshops …

Internet is Infrastructure

Internet connectivity (the lower-level, packet-shipping parts) in the U.S. is presently in a transition from privately-held and operated ventures into fundamental infrastructure. This transition is following the historical paths taken by other aspect of our infrastructure, like water, gas, and the electrical grid. Each of these started out as a novel invention, and each became so essential to modern living and the economy that they became “infrastructure”.

The transition into infrastructure is never quick, nor easily accomplished. For example, it took social intervention — organized through government agencies and deployed via public-private partnerships — to complete rural electrification. The existing electric companies were strong influencers throughout the process. The effort gave rise to electric coops in areas where it was too costly for a single investor (e.g. a electric company) to build out.

It is past time to be thinking about this process, what it will mean, and how it will be accomplished. The transition already underway, yet the timeline remains indistinct. The starting point is to look at where we are now, both in terms of deployment and policy, and then to look towards a future of trusted, reliable, affordable, and ubiquitous connectivity on top of which communities and companies thrive. Please join!

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