Version 0.22: Updated Census Data and New Features

Happy New Year!

The Census released its 2014-2018 Community Survey Data on December 19, 2019.  This data is now included in Version 0.22 of the I3 Connectivity Explorer.

Changes in Version 0.22 include:

  • The Census data feed is updated to American Community Survey, 2014-2018,
  • Underlying map data was updated to TigerLine 2018 shapefiles to match the new Census data,
  • Support for Elementary and Secondary school districts, and State legislative districts (upper and lower),
  • Population demographics for Native Americans alongside the other demographic categories,
  • A revised interface for choosing among multiple localities when adding a Locality to a Notebook. and
  • A preference setting to control whether satellite providers are included in statistics on the Overview and 10,000 foot pages.

Application Usage Tracking

With your permission, the I3 Connectivity Explorer can collect information regarding your usage of the tool, such as which browsers are being used, how long pages are taking to load, which pages have the most (or least) activity, and how long visitors stay on pages. By choosing to participate, you will help us to better address issues with the application and to improve its usability.  The data collected is retained by the Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC, without sharing to third parties. Please see the Privacy Policy if you have any concerns.  TLDR; Our policy remains one of user-consent and keeping your data private.

 

The next time you log in to the I3 Connectivity Explorer, you’ll be prompted to opt-in to any usage tracking by the tool.

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 opt-in), adds Stripe as a potential payment vendor, and adds the domain i3connect.org as one of our member sites. Version 1.2 of the Privacy Policy provides the details.

The next time you log in to the I3 Connectivity Explorer, you’ll be asked to confirm your acceptance of the new policy. 

Version 0.20 Improvements

The new release incorporates the following changes:

  • The FCC 477 Wireline and Mobile data is updated to the distributions dated June 2018.
  • The FCC 477 Wireline Adoption data is updated to December 2017, (data posted 09/2019).
  • There are new map layers for HUD Opportunity Zones and for Distressed or Underserved Nonmetropolitan Middle-Income Geographies.
  • New state and local Rural-Urban blocks views allow you to use rural/urban characterizations to check the number of blocks served by 0, 1, 2,  or 3+ providers.
  • New state and local Well-Served blocks views have been introduced. A block is  “well served” when it has a minimum number of providers (default 3) at a specified speed. (e.g 25↓/3↑). Blocks are then  characterized as “well-served”, “under-served”, or “un-served”. The number of providers, and the target speed, are set in your Notebook preferences.
  • The ACS Internet Subscription Summary and Map views include additional detail.
  • Most maps now remember zoom, scroll, and layer settings from previous visits, so there’s less redrawing.

As always, let me know what you think. Your feedback helps to shape the application.

Thanks!

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 in Oregon. The profile is keyed to Version 0.19.5 of the I3 Connectivity Explorer.

Contributors include: Karen Perry and Bob Ballance.

ExploringCommunityData_v1.pdf ( PDF)

ExploringCommunityData_v1.docx (Word Document)

The worksheet is licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

“CC: by-sa”by Peter Leth is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Digital Equity Data Profile

The goal of the Digital Equity Data Profile worksheet is to support education leaders in gathering and synthesizing federal data about broadband access and adoption. Pairing federal data with local data and insights will support data-driven decision making at the local level.

The Digital Equity Data Profile Worksheet was developed for the June 24, 2019 SETDA E-Rate SIG Meeting. The profile is keyed to Version 0.19.2 of the I3 Connectivity Explorer.

Contributors include: Bob Ballance, Susan Clair, Karen Perry, Sara Trettin, and the VA KLIP Workgroup.

Digital_Equity_Profile_v1.pdf ( PDF)

Digital_Equity_Profile_v1.docx (Word Document)

The worksheet is licensed under the Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

“CC: by-sa”by Peter Leth is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Version 0.19  includes Schools and Libraries

Version 0.19 includes schools and libraries using data from the Department of Education (NCES/CCD, NCES/PSS, NCES/IPEDS) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey. This feature set will be extended with additional data in an upcoming release. For now, schools and libraries can be displayed on map layers. You can click on a pin to see additional information. If you like this feature, let me know what additional information you would like at your fingertips.

Other new features include summary tables for ACS Internet Subscription Characteristics, for ACS Computing Devices in the Home, and for key demographic measures that appear on the Home page. Finally,  M-Lab Speed Test State vs. Local comparisons are available.

I3 Connectivity Explorer: Release 0.18

Version 0.18 is now available.

  • The FCC Wireline data has been updated to include the revisions released on May 2, 2019,
  • Congressional boundaries were updated to the 116th Congress,
  • State and local tables were reloaded to correct missing special characters in place names, and
  • Minor application updates are also included.

The next release will focus on user-interface improvements and new data visusalizations. Stay tuned!

Revised FCC Wireline Data

On May 2, 2019, the FCC published corrections to the Fixed  Broadband Deployment data for December, 2017. The bulk of the changes involved two providers: BarrierFree and King Street Wireless, L.P.

Revisions were applied to 35 states and territories. A few of the corrections, such as revising the spelling of a provider’s name, have no real effect on the analysis. Others, such as the removal of BarrierFree from several states, are more extensive.

A preliminary analysis of the changes can be found here.

The Connectivity Explorer will be updated to include the revised data on May 12, 2019.

I3 Connectivity Explorer: Release 0.17

8 April 2019

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There’s a new release that incorporates more of the recently-released Census data for Census data regarding subscriber characteristics and device usage.

The release also includes:

  • A revised menu flow. There’s a new dropdown for the Census Internet data, and the Subscription choice has moved there. There’s also a new dropdown for the M-Lab Speedtest data.
  • The FCC adoption table has been updated to the data from June, 2017.
  • And of course, internal improvements.

More about the I3 Connectivity Explorer.