Connected Texas Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates
Connected Texas has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 3.2% of Texas households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 5.9% of Texas households do not have access to higher speeds of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream.
Broadband data gathered and submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for inclusion on the National Broadband Map in October 2011 were used to estimate the availability of broadband services at different speeds and technology types.
These new data and maps will help us in our efforts to bring broadband availability and adoption to more areas across Texas.
Key findings from this update include:
- 96.8% of Texas households have access to fixed broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream (excluding mobile and satellite services).
- 94.1% of Texas households have access to fixed broadband service of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream (excluding mobile and satellite services).
- 3.2% of Texas households remain unserved by any fixed broadband provider, representing approximately 289,000 unserved households that do not have access to a fixed wireless or wired broadband service offering (excluding mobile and satellite services).
- Across rural areas of Texas, the percentage of unserved households by any fixed broadband service is 7.3%, representing approximately 212,000 unserved rural Texas households.
How do we arrive at these estimates of broadband availability? Using a geoprocessing tool developed by Connected Nation, we combine the 2010 Census household data at the census block level with the broadband service coverage and analyze the demographic information in that overlay. Results are then aggregated to the county and state levels to report estimated availability. Additional information on the process used to estimate these numbers can be found on the Mapping FAQ page, located at http://www.connectedtx.org/mapping/faqs.
Connected Texas will continue to update broadband provider service areas and conduct detailed research on the data; working in collaboration with Texas broadband providers helps determine the true extent of the available network more accurately. Connected Texas also conducts independent, ongoing validation of the broadband service data submitted by the provider community.
Maps of broadband availability and corresponding analyses are available at http://www.connectedtx.org/broadband-landscape.
Tables of broadband availability estimates by speed tier and technology type will be available at http://www.connectedtx.org/planning.
We encourage you to provide feedback on the maps, especially if a discrepancy in broadband coverage is noticed; please let us know about it by filling out the web form located at http://www.connectedtx.org/broadband-inquiry.