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!

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.

Happy PI Day! Release 0.16.0 is available.

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.

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I3 Connectivity Explorer: Version 0.14.0

Version 0.14.0

The latest version of the I3 Connectivity Explorer incorporates the newly published Census estimates about broadband subscription rates. I’ve also reworked the map views in order to test out a different approach to showing multiple forms of information on the same map. Finally, one can now drill down from the Wireline and Wireless provider tables to see just where each provider provides service. I hope that this approach clarifies the prior version’s more muddled sets of choices.

I3 Connectivity Explorer: A Fresh Release

December,  2018,  brought gifts of data from both the Census and the FCC. These new data sets are now incorporated throughout the Connectivity Explorer.

The new Census data (released December 6, 2018) adds information about broadband and computer usage across the US.This is a rich set of data that contains many fascinating relationships. I’ll be adding several new data views to help you understand those relationships over the next few weeks.

The new FCC wireline data set (released December 12, 2018) contains extensive changes, while the updated wireless data contains corrections to the July 2017 trove.

New Features

  • You can now specify a target (wireline) speed for each notebook. So if your target goal is, say, 100 Mbs download, 25 Mbs upload, set this in the notebook, and that speed will be added to various views and choices. If you don’t set a target speed, it will fall back to the FCC goal of 25↓/3↑.

  • You can also set the expected economic boost for a community (in annual dollars per household). This value is used on the overview page where the annual economic benefit of broadband is displayed. The help pages talk more about where this value came from. I’m using the mean value from the Swank Program Study (Connecting the Dots Of Ohio’s Broadband Policy)

    Here’s more about the Swank Program study: The first, Measuring Broadband’s (Public) Return On Investment, is an overview from the Daily Yonder. The second, from the  Blandin Foundation uses the study’s results to analyze several counties in Minnesota.