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The United States of Broadband: 50 Beautiful Maps of Connectivity

Put to good use, open data helps consumers understand their options when it comes to high-speed Internet.

America has an Internet problem. A quick look at the average speeds in each state reveals that even the fastest areas are only getting about 10 megabits per second (Mbps). Given these measurements, only four states — Delaware, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia — are delivering high-speed access.

Of course, there are pockets of blazing-fast speeds. CNET reports that Ephrata, Wash., has the nation’s fastest Internet, at 85.54Mbps. On the flip side, 25 percent of Kansas City residents don’t have access to broadband, and 17 percent don’t have Internet at all.

Broadband access is largely an infrastructure challenge, but high costs and a lack of competition have made it hard for consumers to invest in high-speed access for their homes. Broadband.gov, which is the result of a partnership between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), tracks data about broadband in the United States. In addition, every state tracks data as part of the 2009 State Broadband Initiative. The goal of both projects is to educate consumers on the availability and value of Internet service providers in their area and to be open and transparent about the data being collected.

Here are the maps from each of the 50 states. Click the image to view the interactive maps.

Alabama

Alabama Broadband Map

Alaska

Alaska broadband map

Arizona

Arizona broadband map

Arkansas

Arkansas broadband map

California

California broadband map

Colorado

Colorado broadband map

Connecticut

Connecticut broadband map

Delaware

Delaware broadband map

District of Columbia

Washington DC broadband map

Florida

Florida broadband map

Georgia

Georgia broadband map

Hawaii

Hawaii broadband map

Idaho

Idaho broadband map

Illinois

Illinois broadband map

Indiana

Indiana broadband map

Iowa

Iowa broadband map

Kansas

Kansas broadband map

Kentucky

Kentucky broadband map

Louisiana

Louisiana broadband map

Maine

Maine broadband map

Maryland

Maryland broadband map

Massachusetts

Massachusetts broadband map

Michigan

Michigan broadband map

Minnesota

Minnesota broadband map

Mississippi

Mississippi broadband map

Missouri

Missouri broadband map

Montana

Montana broadband map

Nebraska

Nebraska broadband map

Nevada

Nevada broadband map

New Hampshire

New Hampshire broadband map

New Jersey

New Jersey broadband map

New Mexico

New Mexico broadband map

New York

New York Broadband map

North Carolina

North Carolina broadband map

North Dakota

North Dakota broadband map

Ohio

Ohio broadband map

Oklahoma

Oklahoma broadband map

Oregon

Oregon broadband map

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania broadband map

Rhode Island

Rhode Island broadband map

South Carolina

South Carolina broadband map

South Dakota

South Dakota broadband map

Tennessee

Tennessee broadband map

Texas

Texas broadband map

Utah

Utah broadband map

Vermont

Vermont broadband map

Virginia

Virginia broadband map

Washington

Washington broadband map

West Virginia

West Virginia broadband map

Wisconsin

Wisconsin broadband map

Wyoming

Wyoming broadband map

Feb 18 2014

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