Index: 45 Percent of Nation’s Counties Lag in Broadband Access
Washington--Connected Nation unveiled its broadband readiness index on Wednesday that assesses the broadband infrastructure for all 3,219 counties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The index shows that counties containing 45.6 percent of the nation’s households still fall significantly short in meeting National Broadband Plan goals of fixed and mobile broadband access for both current and future needs.
The index measures each county’s progress against each of these benchmarks, assigns a grade to each component and calculates an overall grade. It will be updated every six months as the National Broadband Map,www.broadbandmap.gov, data is updated. The tool is intended to be used to support state, local and regional broadband planning initiatives.