SNG Releases “50 States of Broadband” Report Uncovering State-by-State Broadband Activities and Investment
UPDATE: In February of 2017 SNG provided an update to this report.
Report Leverages Survey Results to Rank States in Terms of Their Broadband Availability, Activities and Investment
Today in conjunction with the Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC), Strategic Networks Group (SNG) released its extensive report on broadband investment and activity. The report, available at sngroup.com/states combines FCC availability and adoption figures with SNG’s survey results of 48 states to rank states on the following dimensions: Availability, Adoption, Driving Meaningful Use, Growth Investment, and Regulation.
“We put a great deal of time into determining the dimensions and how to measure each,” explains Doug Adams, SNG’s VP Communications. “There’s so much more to maximizing the benefits of broadband than merely providing fiber/higher speeds.”
Ranking each state with a weight for each category yielded the following as the top 5 states in terms of broadband; New York, Ohio, Maine, New Mexico, and New Hampshire.
Some highlights of the findings include:
- 52% of states have an office dedicated to broadband
- Only a little more than a quarter (28%) definitely have a budget to fund broadband initiatives
- Activities most often funded by states are “planning and support” (82% of funded states) and infrastructure (45%).
“One overall finding that was interesting is that investment activities seem to be heavily weighted towards the “supply” of broadband and include mapping, infrastructure planning, and grants, surpassing economic development activities that impact economic advancement including raising awareness, training, and driving end-user utilization,” explains Michael Curri, SNG’s president and founder.
Key contributors to this initiative were:
- Doug Adams, Strategic Networks Group
- Michael Curri, Strategic Networks Group
- Lori Sherwood, Vantage Point Solutions
- Gary Dunmore, Strategic Networks Group
- Monica Babine, Washington State University
- Maria Alvarez-Stroud, University of Wisconsin-Extension
About Strategic Networks Group (SNG)
Focused on economic advancement through broadband utilization, SNG is a group of broadband economists who develop strategies for most effectively leveraging broadband investments. SNG addresses broadband utilization from the individual organization level all the way up to working with more than 10 ten states across the United States. SNG looks to help make the most broad-reaching and transformational impacts that broadband can bring to enable businesses, communities and regions by delivering the data and analysis decision makers need to maximize broadband’s potential. Learn more about SNG at www.sngroup.com.
About Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC)
The Rural Telecommunications Congress (RTC) is a national membership organization dedicated to assuring that rural areas in the United States have access to the information and support they need to obtain and use advanced telecommunications services and technology for social and economic development. Visit RTC online at www.ruraltelecon.org.
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