Data on where broadband is and isn’t available is notoriously under-reported and does not fully depict the reality on the ground for many people in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Broadband Indices are two unique measures designed to create a more accurate picture of the state’s broadband access, adoption and the resulting digital divide.
Because broadband access and adoption are each important but distinct, two indices were designed:
- Broadband Availability and Quality Index
- Broadband Adoption Potential Index
About the Broadband Indices
The Broadband Infrastructure Office in 2019 commissioned Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., a renowned broadband researcher from Purdue University, to create the North Carolina Broadband Indices.
The indices will inform the design of programs, policies and tools to align with the specific needs of each community by:
- Helping to demonstrate need
- Identifying the most beneficial types of investments
- Determining where resources should be deployed
The indices will help state and local leaders, private providers and advocates:
- Understand the current state of broadband access, adoption and the digital divide in communities across the state and in communities
- Visualize the specific challenges, opportunities and key factors contributing to the digital divide for the areas they serve
- Assist in the design of specific solutions that meet the specific needs of communities
Together, 19 variables – eight in broadband availability and 11 in broadband adoption – create the indices, which are available at both the county and census tract level.
Learn more about the methodology used to build the indices.