Bowling Green, KY. (May 2, 2019) – Saturday April 27th, 2019 our Vice President of Government Affairs, Brent Legg gave a presentation on the fundamentals of creating accurate broadband maps at the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference in Wilmington, DE.
During this meeting the CSG ERC’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee discussed all things rural broadband. Legg contributed some new and innovated ideas about mapping.
Why Map Broadband?
If you can’t measure, it you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker
- To improve better decision-making on where public resources should be invested to support broadband build out.
- To avoid potential overbuild situations where service may already be available at a comparable speed and cost.
- To ensure accountability for the ratepayer and taxpayer dollars once public investment have been made.
7 Key Components of Effective State Mapping
- Provider reported data, but validated by a team of engineers – i.e., “trust but verify”.
- Street or road-level granularity for wireless services; propagation models for wireless services – all derived from service capabilities of actual infrastructure.
- Data submission assistance is offered free of charge to small service providers without internal GIS capabilities.
- Public feedback process – widely publicized and promoted by state leaders.
- Feedback mechanism is integrated into an interactive broadband map to capture screenshots of disputed areas.
- Crowd-sourced intelligence guides in-field validation.
- Process repeats every 6 months.
Some of the other speakers included Congresswoman Blunt Rochester of DE and DE’s CIO James Collins. Connected Nation applauds all of the hard work!
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