It offers a far more detailed look at who does and does not have Internet access — right down to individual homes and businesses. This is especially true in rural areas. The reason for this discrepancy is because the GDBI map is based on location-specific data individual houses and businesses , while the FCC map considers a whole census block served if just one location in that block is served. Equally interestingly, the map shows many areas where even just a handful of miles outside of mid-size metro areas like Athens or Macon, there are plenty of census blocks where half or more of the locations are unserved.
Broadband Access in Georgia
Georgia County Works to Close Its Digital Divide via Access Points
At the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, we create maps analyzing publicly available data to show disparities in access and highlight possible solutions. Cooperatives and small municipal networks are making a difference in several of these rural communities. To differentiate areas of the state, the lines represent the subdivisions within counties. Our analysis focuses on wireline technologies, specifically fiber, cable, and DSL.
Georgia Launches Trailblazing Internet Access Map
Most of the community anchor institutions located in the area report either inadequate access to broadband or a lack of affordable, high-capacity service from existing providers. The project proposes constructing new miles of fiber and leasing miles of dark fiber to complement existing resources held by the two service providers who have collaborated to form AVFN. The Columbia County Community Broadband Network plans to build a mile, county-wide fiber middle mile network to connect nearly community anchor institutions and enhance health care, public safety, and government services throughout this eastern Georgia county. Anchor institutions expected to be connected at broadband speeds of Mbps to 10 Gbps include K schools, fire and emergency facilities, public libraries, Augusta Technical College, and the Columbia County Health Department. The project also plans to facilitate the creation of a high-capacity data center at the Medical College of Georgia, support a sophisticated county-wide traffic and water control system, and construct five wireless towers to enhance public safety communications as well as improve wireless communications capabilities throughout the region.
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