State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program
The Public Utility Commission funded broadband related projects with a $3.5 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Data and Development Program.
Broadband Mapping: Collect broadband data for state and national broadband maps
Broadband Planning: Perform Two Broadband Adoption Surveys
Broadband Capacity Building: Develop and implement state and local plans to accelerate broadband acquisition, adoption and utilization
Technical Assistance: Provide digital literacy training, consulting and technical assistance for small businesses
These projects were completed December 2014.
High Speed Maps (Broadband Mapping)
Oregon launched its statewide on-line interactive broadband map in May 2011.
In addition to broadband service information generated from a user-selected address or location in the state, users could:
· run speed tests
· find community anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, hospitals and universities
· broadband coverage for the entire state
· broadband speeds available in the state
· find broadband providers in user-selected counties or municipalities
· leave feedback for display on the map
· find Wi-Fi hot spots
· print results of searches
The map is no longer being updated, however the same information, plus more, can be found on the National Broadband Map.
Created by the US Commerce Department through the State Broadband Data and
Development Program. Individuals can enter their address and receive a listing of the
broadband service providers and technologies available in that area as well as general
broadband coverage information. The data will be updated every six months.
Oregon Broadband Adoption and Utilization Survey Reports (NEW)
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon, as part of its State Broadband Data and Development Program grant administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), funded two surveys taken by telephone to assess Oregon-specific statewide, regional and demographic rates of:
· broadband adoption
· computer ownership
· service availability
· Internet use
· barriers to adoption
· perceptions of cost
· user satisfaction
Completed in the spring of 2014, the second Broadband Adoption and Utilization Survey compared results with those of the first survey and also certain key broadband statistics nationally. A highlight from the report shows that while statewide, home broadband adoption in Oregon (82%) is still above the national adoption rate of 80%, it’s the same percentage observed in the 2010 survey. The report can be found in the below link.
In the fall of 2010, the first Broadband Adoption and Utilization Survey was completed. The resulting survey report includes comparisons with national broadband adoption and utilization statistics. Highlights from the report show the Oregon broadband adoption rate above that of the national average and higher in many demographic areas as well. However, there were notable adoption differences between regions within Oregon.