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.
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
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.
You can now access the I3 Connectivity Explorer at https://i3connect.org/ Your current bookmarks will continue to work.
TLDR; Our policy remains one of user-consent and keeping your data private.
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.
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.
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.
The latest version (0.16.0) of the I3 Connectivity Explorer incorporates further details from the Census about broadband subscription rates, including categories like mobile only, satellite only, and households without any internet subscription.
On map pages, you can now overlay a second demographic with the base map. Selecting select a bar in one histogram chart highlights the geographic areas for that subset of the data. Now, if you select bars in both charts, the selection is restricted to areas associated with both bars. When you hover over an area, you’ll see the detailed data from both demographics. You can clear either selection by clicking in the margin of the appropriate chart.
You can now set a target subscription rate (as a percent of households) in the notebook preferences. This rate is incorporated in the economic boost calculation as the percentage of households that are expected to have broadband.
Finally, there’s a new demographic for the Census’ “(Black or) African American Alone” category, and the M-Lab speed test view now supports adjusting the rolling-average window.
Next up: Diving into the Census data on subscribers.