Broadband Mapping Done Better - North Carolina

E-NC has released the map they built with the stimulus mapping grant. Unlike Connected Nation (the nonprofit creating similar maps for many other states), E-NC does not have a board dominated by incumbent providers and therefore is independent of the biases that lead many to question the results Connected Nation's efforts. The layer transparency sliders make it much easier to figure out how many services are available in the same geographic areas. Unfortunately, they do not display pricing data or actual experienced speeds. We continue to question just how useful a map is that does not show pricing data. Price is a key hurdle that prevents people from subscribing -- particularly in low income rural areas. Nonetheless, E-NC continues to be an excellent organization that helps communities get better broadband.