About the Broadband Data
The federal government began collecting, through states, broadband availability and access data in 2009. Indiana has participated in that program and has made the broadband data available through the IndianaMap and through a new tool called the Indiana Broadband Map.
As part of this initiative, STATS Indiana has matched the data with demographic and economic data to provide insights into those areas within Indiana that have high, low or medium access (and speeds) available to them. In this way, we can provide spatial and statistical insights into the economic components of broadband.
- Indiana tracts
- Custom regions
Twice each year
These definitions were provided by the Federal Communications Commission and the Indiana State GIS office.
Available: Broadband service is “available” to an end user at an address if a broadband service provider does, or could, within a typical service interval (7 to 10 business days) without an extraordinary commitment of resources, provision two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to the end user at the address.
Broadband: Data transmission technology that provides two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to end users, or providing sufficient capacity in a middle mile project to support the provision of broadband service to end users within the project area.
Unserved Area: An area composed of one or more contiguous census blocks where at least 90 percent of households in the service area lack access to facilities-based terrestrial broadband service, either fixed or mobile, at the minimum broadband transmission speed (set forth in the definition of broadband above). A household has access to broadband service if the household can readily subscribe to that service upon request.