The original I3 Connectivity Explorer launched in August, 2018. Since then, over 1,860 users have signed in to work with over 5,000 different localities across the US. The usefulness of the platform has been apparent from your reports of how the data from the platform has provided voice and volume to your own, local, stories. This welcome development will introduce the resource to the 1,500 member organizations of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.
“And the days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, well, I have really good days” — Ray Wylie Hubbard
The I3 Connectivity Explorer would not have been possible without the technical and moral support from amazing and generous individuals and organizations across the US including:
Individuals from US governmental agencies and organizations including NTIA, FCC, Census, USDA, the Department of Education, IES, and IMLS;
State and local officials across the US;
Organizations and companies including the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), Measurement Lab, The Quilt, The Enterprise Center, The Coalition for Local Internet Choice, and Broadband Communities; and
Users like yourselves.
Special thanks to Southwest Cyberport for powering this effort from start to finish. Theirs has been a magnanimous gift to all of us.
Export your notebooks from the original “I3” Connectivity Explorer by visiting Settings > Notebooks. You can export either single selected notebooks, or all of your notebooks in a single action. The data files will be saved to your own device.
With the passage of the Infrastructure bill last week,
broadband is officially infrastructure.
“Retirement” Update: The Center for Internet as Infrastructure is continuing to work with an (unnamed) organization which has offered to support and maintain the I3 Connectivity Explorer. An announcement is expected soon.
Version Update: Updated FCC 477 data (dated December 2020) was released on October 29, 2021. This data has now been integrated into the I3 Connectivity Explorer.
Version 0.39 was posted on November 7, 2021. The new version includes:
Updated FCC 477 wireline and wireless data sets.
Updated FCC block-level population estimates.
Revised digital distress index tables to include the updated FCC data.
Various other internal improvements.
The actual digital distress index rankings did not change since they are computed using the current Census American Community Survey (ACS) data. Digital distress rankings will change after the next Census ACS release scheduled for December 2021.
There have been several updates to the I3 Connectivity Explorer and the I3 Telegraph (our user-support and discussion forum). The data sources are currently in sync with the Census ACS 2015-2019 release of December, 2020, and current FCC releases.
The FCC 477 wireline data set was updated to the release dated December, 2019.
The FCC 477 wireless data set was updated to the release dated December, 2019. The dataset changed substantially in this release. Read more about the changes on the I3 Telegraph.
The Wireless views were updated to account for the change in content of the wireless data.
The FCC 477 block population estimates were updated to the 2019 release.
Version 0.29 was released one week ago. That version included the following changes:
The IMLS Public Library outlets data set was updated to the release for 2018.
The CRA-Eligible tract list was updated to the list dated June, 2020.
The M-Lab data view added separate tabs for “Download” and ‘Upload” charts.
Internal fixes and improvements.
New Census data is scheduled to be released in early December.
Would exporting maps as images (e.g. PNG or PDF) be useful to you? Please share your thoughts on this potential new feature by visiting the feature description on the I3 Telegraph and voting or commenting on various choices. Thanks!
The Measurement Lab Platform 2.0 data including up-to-date speed test data is now included.
The Measurement Lab “Speed test” charts which displayed a median download or upload speed over time was removed. Starting with Version 0.27, the “Goal vs. Actual” speed test chart shows the fraction of tests that meet or exceed the target speeds set in your Notebooks. In that view, you can also compare against the FCC targets if those differ from the notebook goal and also compare your local data with the state’s.
The NCES Public School and Post-secondary Institution data has been updated.
The Demographics summary now includes the average household size for a locality.
A County-level Digital Distress Indicator table and map were added to the State menu.
A new SpeedTest display illustrates the percentage of tests that exceed the notebook’s target speed goal. You can also compare against the FCC targets if those differ from the notebook goal, or compare your local goal against the state.
The School District Digital Distress Indicator table now includes NCES school district locale information along with the state agency identifier.
The login page was redesigned to be more informative.
The top-level data items on the Overview page now provides Digital Distress Indicator information for Counties and School Districts.
The layer selector on the map now has a choice for Historically Black Colleges and Universities an a choice for Tribal Colleges and Universities.
The Measurement Lab SpeedTest data queries were changed to limit the contribution of any single client to the median of that client’s test in the time period. This change eliminates the over-weighting of single-client tests.
In addition the I3 Telegraph , a user forum, is now online and available. Please visit the Telegraph for more information about the I3 Connectivity Explorer
The I3 Connectivity Explorer (Version 0.25) offers new ways to review all school districts in any state using a variety of key indicators. The most pertinent is the Digital Distress Indicator (DDI) which ranks the districts in a state, relative to each other, by their digital connectivity. The views are useful when thinking about how to respond short-term to the COVID-19 crisis (“Where are those WiFi hot spots best deployed?”) and longer term when deciding where to invest. Since every school district in the state appears on the list, every school district, large or small, is represented.
Other indicators in the summary include:
District size and type information (unified, secondary, or elementary),
Data from the National Center on Educational Statistics about enrollments and the percent of students eligible for Free or Reduced-Price school lunches,
Demographic information, such as median household income and families in poverty,
Selected Census data on Internet usage and subscriptions including whether persons under 18 do not have a computer in the home, or whether they have a computer but not an Internet subscription,
The wireline providers at 25Mbs↓/3Mbs↑, and
The wireless providers at 4G LTE.
The data appears in a summary table. A companion map shows the DDI across the state. You can also download state data as a CSV file that can be imported into a spreadsheet.
Access the new views from the from the “state-wide” menu that is present in every notebook. Visually, this menu appears between the active notebook selector, and the “Demographics” menu. In the example shown, the state menu is titled “New Mexico”.
As you visit the new views, you can switch back and forth between the map and the table, or you can view the data from other states. Scroll the table to the right to see additional columns.
Thanks to Education Week, the table header also contains school district closure data.
Clicking on the school district’s name will automatically create a new I3 notebook for just that district where you can find many more details.