THE DATA

Many Sources. One Tool.

Below is an overview of the data we used to create BroadbandNow.com.

Elegantly Crunching More Than
Million Rows
of Governmental and Proprietary Data

EXPLORING THE DATA BEHIND BROADBANDNOW

Where our data comes from, how we process it, and why it’s the best on the web.

When we set out to build a comprehensive tool that helps consumers compare broadband providers in their area, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task.

…However, we did know that it was an important mission — especially since the FCC was not funded to continue maintaining the National Broadband Map.

Increasingly, Internet access is critical for basic needs like work, education, and communication. We believe that expanding reliable internet access is vital to the US, both economically and socially. 87% of American adults use the internet every day, and that number only grows as old-fashioned technologies like copper landlines degrade.

To date, we’ve crunched well over a billion rows of data in our mission to make broadband easy to access for all Americans.

But where do those billions of data rows come from?

What makes our data the best: Combining Public and Private Records

The datasets we pull directly from the FCC and Census Bureau are critical to our work and form the basis for the data we display on BroadbandNow and FindBroadband.

…But the real work starts when we merge, edit, and validate those datasets against private data acquired directly from broadband providers, resellers, IP-verified customers, and other sources. (Most of which we can’t share or attribute directly due to the agreements required to access them.)

Proprietary data acts as a corrective lens for viewing national broadband data on our sites, correcting skewed results and bringing big-picture implications into focus. For consumers, it makes incredible results possible — including address-level availability on FindBroadband.

Making Data Public is a National Effort

With all that in mind, we couldn’t have created these tools without the hard work of all the dedicated researchers, data scientists, and engineers who share our belief in the importance of broadband, and work hard to make connectivity data available to everyone.

The list below includes the core data sources and articles that have proved irreplaceable to creating our tools and content, which serve tens of thousands of consumers every day.


Studies, Resources, & Data Sets

This is basically a work cited.

"The State of the Internet." . Akamai, Update Quarterly. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Ericsson Mobility Report." . Ericsson, Jun. 2017. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Analyzing the Effect of Broadband on GDP." . Ericsson, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"A 2010 Leadership Imperative: The Future Built on Broadband." . The Broadband Commission, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"2016 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report." . n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"2016 Broadband Progress Report." . FCC, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"NTIA State Broadband Initiative." . NTIA, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"FCC Statistics Report: Broadband Availability in Urban vs. Rural Areas." . FCC, Mar. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"FCC Broadband Statistics Report: Access to Broadband Technology by Speed." . FCC, Mar. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Broadband Availability in America: With Rural Americans Looking for High-Speed Services, Adequate Broadband Speeds Remain Out of Reach for Many." . FCC, 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers." . Dec. 2014. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"U.S. Broadband Availability Report: June 2010 – June 2012." . NTIA, May. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Broadband Adoption Toolkit." . NTIA, May 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan." . FCC, 17 Mar. 2010. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"OECD Broadband Statistics Update." . OECD, 7 Jul. 2017. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"US Smartphone Use in 2015." . Pew Research Center, 1 April. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Report: Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults." . Pew Research Center, 17 May. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project." . Home Broadband 2013, 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

United States. Department of Commerce. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, State Broadband Initiative Data (CSV format June 2013)

"Exploring the Digital Nation: America's Emerging Online Experience." . NTIA, 1 Jun. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Fixed Broadband Deployment Data: June, 2016 Status V2." . FCC, 30 Jun. 2016. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Fixed Broadband Deployment Data: December, 2015 Status." . FCC, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Form 477 Broadband Deployment Data - December 2014 (version 2)." . FCC, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"2013 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S." . FCC, 1 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"2012 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S." . FCC, 1 Jul. 2012. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"U.S. Wireless Quick Facts." . CTIA, Nov. 2016. n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

"Visual Networking Index (VNI)." . Cisco, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <>.

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