February 4, 2013 By Amy Stewart
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released an updated map of broadband availability across the United States, according to information posted by Anne Neville, director of the State Broadband Initiative.
According to the latest data collection, current as of June 30, 2012, 98 percent of Americans have access to wired or wireless broadband with download speeds of at least 3 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 768 kbps. Wireless speeds of at least 6 Mbps are available to 81 percent of the country.
Both federal and state government participated in the project, as well as the voluntary participation of broadband Internet providers. Each state located broadband availability by census block, which includes an average population of 28 people and divided the country into more than 11 million distinct areas to check for broadband availability.
Users can search for specific communities on www.broadbandmap.gov and analyze the data by comparing different regions or providers.
NTIA, part of the United States Department of Commerce, launched the National Broadband Map two years ago and has updated it every six months.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.