The State of Hawaii recently launched an interactive broadband mapping Web site based on Esri technology. Visitors to the site will be able to view broadband coverage throughout the state. The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) is continuing to collect and verify data related to availability, speed, and location of broadband services in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Broadband Map Web site will be an important resource for consumers in Hawaii, enabling them to identify and choose from the growing number of broadband services that are becoming available in the state.
Hawaii’s broadband coverage maps are built with BroadbandStat, an application developed by Esri that enables the user to map information from a variety of sources and provide a visual way of exploring the results.
States can use the collected data to pinpoint where the expansion of new broadband services will support local economic development. The data is also a useful resource for policy makers, grant writers, and companies doing broadband investment research. Internet access to the maps gives the public a way to find information about broadband services in their area and give feedback, whether to report observations about the data or comment on their own broadband access and experience.
Twelve U.S. states and the territory of Puerto Rico will be using BroadbandStat to organize their broadband services data and make interactive maps available on the Internet. These activities are supported by more than $20 million in State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program funds that were made available through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improving broadband accessibility across the nation.