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News Release
 
New Interactive Features Added to Oregon Broadband Map
 
February 10, 2012 (2012-001) 
 
Contacts:  Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Stephen Bloom, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962, Shelley Jones, Commission Staff, 503-373-7486
 
Salem, OR - New interactive features have been added to the Oregon Broadband Map at www.broadband.oregon.gov.  The Map now displays user speed test results, user feedback, and WiFi hotspot locations added by users. Also new is a “confidence value” assigned to service provider data displayed on the Map.
 
The Map, which went live in May of 2011, provides users the ability to interactively search for Internet service availability by broadband technology, speed, and service provider by county, city, tribal lands, or specific address.
 
Other features of the map include:
  • Data download speeds by location;
  • Ability to search by type of broadband technology;
  • Ability to search broadband availability by provider;
  • Simplified Speed Test feature – user results are used to improve the accuracy of the map’s data;
  • A new category of  broadband services on Tribal Lands and;
  • Population density. 
 
 “We encourage the public to use the Map’s features - run a speed test and submit feedback as this information assists us in verifying the map’s data,” said Bryan Conway, Administrator of the Telecommunications Division of the Oregon Public Utility Commission. 
 
Explore the Oregon Broadband Map at www.broadband.oregon.gov.  You can also check out answers to general questions on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
 
The Oregon Broadband Map is a five year project implemented by the state with a grant awarded to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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