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 — that’s why we created our own National Broadband Map when the FCC was no longer funded to maintain its own.
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 Business Internet.
…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 Business Internet.
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
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"The State of the Internet." Akamai. Akamai, Update Quarterly. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.akamai.com/us/en/about/our-thinking/state-of-the-internet-report/>.
"Ericsson Mobility Report." Ericsson. Ericsson, Jun. 2017. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.ericsson.com/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2017/ericsson-mobility-report-june-2017.pdf>.
"Analyzing the Effect of Broadband on GDP." Ericsson. Ericsson, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.ericsson.com/res/thecompany/docs/corporate-responsibility/2013/socioeconomic-effect-of-broadband-speed.pdf>.
"A 2010 Leadership Imperative: The Future Built on Broadband." The Broadband Commission. The Broadband Commission, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/publications/Report_1.pdf>.
"2016 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report." Federal Communications Commission. n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://data.fcc.gov/download/measuring-broadband-america/2016/2016-Fixed-Measuring-Broadband-America-Report.pdf>.
"2016 Broadband Progress Report." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 29 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-16-6A1.pdf>.
"NTIA State Broadband Initiative." National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/sbdd>.
"FCC Statistics Report: Broadband Availability in Urban vs. Rural Areas." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, Mar. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.broadbandmap.gov/download/Broadband%20Availability%20in%20Rural%20vs%20Urban%20Areas.pdf>.
"FCC Broadband Statistics Report: Access to Broadband Technology by Speed." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, Mar. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.broadbandmap.gov/download/Technology%20by%20Speed.pdf>.
"Broadband Availability in America: With Rural Americans Looking for High-Speed Services, Adequate Broadband Speeds Remain Out of Reach for Many." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-331734A1.pdf>.
"Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers." US Department of Commerce. Dec. 2014. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://esa.doc.gov/sites/default/files/competition-among-us-broadband-service-providers.pdf>.
"U.S. Broadband Availability Report: June 2010 – June 2012." National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA, May. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/usbb_avail_report_05102013.pdf>.
"Broadband Adoption Toolkit." National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA, May 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/files/toolkit_042913.pdf>.
"Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan." Federal Trade Commission. FCC, 17 Mar. 2010. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://transition.fcc.gov/national-broadband-plan/national-broadband-plan.pdf>.
"OECD Broadband Statistics Update." Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. OECD, 7 Jul. 2017. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.oecd.org/sti/broadband/broadband-statistics-update.htm>.
"US Smartphone Use in 2015." Smith, Aaron. Pew Research Center, 1 April. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/01/us-smartphone-use-in-2015/>.
"Report: Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults." Anderson, Monica; Perrin, Andrew. Pew Research Center, 17 May. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/17/tech-adoption-climbs-among-older-adults/>.
"Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project." Zickuhr, Smith. Home Broadband 2013, 26 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2013/PIP_Broadband%202013_082613.pdf>.
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." U.S. Department of Commerce. NTIA, 1 Jun. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/exploring_the_digital_nation_-_americas_emerging_online_experience.pdf>.
"Fixed Broadband Deployment Data: June, 2016 Status V2." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 30 Jun. 2016. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://opendata.fcc.gov/Wireline/Fixed-Broadband-Deployment-Data-June-2016-Status-V/jq92-z5tt/data>.
"Fixed Broadband Deployment Data: December, 2015 Status." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 31 Dec. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://opendata.fcc.gov/Wireline/Fixed-Broadband-Deployment-Data-December-2015-Stat/9tdg-7vpy/data>.
"Form 477 Broadband Deployment Data - December 2014 (version 2)." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 26 Oct. 2015. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.fcc.gov/form-477-broadband-deployment-data-december-2014-version-2>.
"2013 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 1 Feb. 2013. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/measuringbroadbandreport/2013/Measuring-Broadband-America-feb-2013.pdf>.
"2012 Measuring Broadband America: A Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S." Federal Communications Commission. FCC, 1 Jul. 2012. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/measuringbroadbandreport/2012/Measuring-Broadband-America.pdf>.
"U.S. Wireless Quick Facts." CTIA: The Wireless Association. CTIA, Nov. 2016. n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <https://www.ctia.org/industry-data/wireless-quick-facts>.
"Visual Networking Index (VNI)." Cisco. Cisco, n.d. Web. 25 Jun. 2017. <http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/complete-white-paper-c11-481360.html>.