National Broadband Coverage Map Released in US

The US Department of Commerce has published the first publicly available map highlighting the deployment of broadband across the nation.

The national coverage map, released by the department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), allows people to look for areas where broadband services are already available. The map is based on 25 million information records, Information Week reports.

Internet users in America will be able to search the type of technology that it is being used to offer the broadband service, the maximum broadband speeds that are being advertised and the names of companies offering broadband services in particular locations.

The NTIA, which developed the map in conjunction with Federal Communications, said that users will also be able to search by address to discover the extent of broadband availability, based on census block or road segment.

Lawrence Strickling, NTIA administrator, said in a statement, “the National Broadband Map shows there are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broadband service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy.”

According to the survey, around 70% of urban households had broadband compared to 60% of rural households. Of those without high-speed internet 46 per cent said that they didn't actually need it.