Mapping and Tracking

As part of its federal grant requirements, NC Broadband is required to collect and submit specific data on broadband availability in North Carolina to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) every six months. This information is then funneled into the National Broadband Map created by the NTIA in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

To carry out this work, NC Broadband:

• Collects data on where broadband is available across the state, especially to households and small businesses;
• Maps coverage areas by broadband technology type, by census block or street ranges, to help identify unserved and underserved pockets in North Carolina

The NC Broadband Map is an interactive GIS (Geographic Information System) tool that is intended to display where broadband is available as well as to identify unserved and underserved areas of the state, by census block or street segment. The map outlines what types of broadband technologies – including DSL, cable, mobile wireless, fixed wireless and fiber – are available to households statewide and which companies are offering these services. Users can query information by plugging in a street address or selecting a specific technology type.

The data collection and mapping program is also a research project, designed to identify the best data collection methodologies possible under the NTIA program. The current map displays provider-supplied data. Some coverage areas for fixed wireless and mobile broadband are based on provider supplied specifications modeled through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s GIS-based propagation models developed under this grant. NC Broadband continues to look at additional data collection and verification methodologies.

For county availability maps, please visit our My County page and select the appropriate county from the map.

As a quick visualization of statewide broadband availability across various speeds, we have created one map series for downloads speeds and another for upload speeds, both with accompanying statistics.

If you currently lack service, please register your address so that North Carolina may have more granular coverage data.

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