Mapping US Broadband

4:00 PM -- The National Broadband Map come out Thursday, available at http://broadbandmap.gov.

I've only taken a cursory glance, and I did what every U.S. viewer is going to do: zoomed in on my home turf.

Which was pointless, considering I already know the situation. Asymmetric DSL and Docsis 3.0 are widely available. Fiber to the end user isn't; you have to take the two-hour drive out to Sacramento.

What's more interesting are the reports and analysis. At a very cursory glance, I found one interesting tidbit: Guess which state has the highest number of providers that offer download speeds of at least 3 Mbit/s and uploads of at least 768 Kbit/s.

Remember, we're talking abut number of providers, not subscriber volumes or availability levels. The answer almost looks like a typo.

The map is running slowly today, especially as you zoom in. But if you've got a few minutes, give it a gander. Use the message board to tell us what you find surprising (or not) about the results.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

Galileo 12/5/2012 | 5:12:34 PM
re: Mapping US Broadband

In my little city in the midwest, they showed about 6 or 7 service providers, only 2 are actually offer real service and left out the third who is the local MSO who have very good service (much higher than the advertised one by AT&T that they showed) and probably have higher penetration than the other two they did mention.

So overall...not impressed. However it is an interesting DB

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:12:34 PM
re: Mapping US Broadband

The first big irony is that the broadband map needs more broadband as the site gets pummeled by visitors on the first day.

Beyond that, the data's already wrong for my area. Comcast has D3 here, but it's apparently not reflected since it says Comcast maxes out at between 6-10Mbit/s downstream here.  But Qwest comes off looking pretty sweet with advertised downstream speeds of 10-25Mbit/s.

So I can see why NCTA is among many that considers this Version 1.0.

But my town is apparently wanting anyway as we've thrown our lot into the Google 1-Gig sweepstakes... and there are probably at least 10 people here who are actually waiting with bated breath to hear the results. JB




Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 5:12:33 PM
re: Mapping US Broadband

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