N.C. Broadband Indices
Data on where broadband is and isn’t available is notoriously under-reported and thus does not fully depict the reality on the ground for many North Carolinians.
The North Carolina Broadband Indices (Indices) are two unique measures designed to create a more accurate picture of the state’s broadband access, adoption, and the resulting digital divide. 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, identify the most beneficial types of investments, and determine 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 to visualize the specific challenges, opportunities, and key factors contributing to the digital divide for the areas they serve. The Indices will then assist leaders in designing tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of their communities and increasing their residents’ opportunities to participate and thrive in today’s digital economy.
NCDIT’s Broadband Infrastructure Office commissioned Roberto Gallardo, PhD, a renowned broadband researcher from Purdue University, to create the North Carolina Broadband Indices in 2019. Data on where broadband is and isn’t available is notoriously underreported and thus does not fully depict the reality for many North Carolinians.
These indices were designed to create a more accurate picture of broadband access and adoption. Because broadband access and adoption are each important but distinct, two indices were designed.
- the “Broadband Availability and Quality Index,” and
- the “Broadband Adoption Potential Index.”
Together, 19 variables—eight in the broadband availability and 11 in the broadband adoption—create the indices. And the indices are available at both the county and census tract level—a feature we believe can help communities both understand how their community or county relates to the rest of the state, and zero in on individual communities so solutions can accurately reflect their individual needs.
This tool was designed for North Carolina’s state and local leaders to:
- Understand the current state of broadband access, adoption and the digital divide in their community.
- Visualize their individual community’s specific challenges, opportunities, and key factors contributing to the divide
- Assist leaders as they design specific solutions that meet the specific needs of their communities.
We encourage you to interact with the data, use it to inform your policy and programmatic design, and to educate others on the importance for closing the digital divide. With smart, data-driven policies, innovative and holistic programs, and leaders like you, together we can close the digital divide.
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