The central idea behind the project was to create a set of tools that would help a planner identify their study area, find all combinations of Broadband Providers, Service Types and Advertised Download/Upload speeds, and quickly chart out the general and student populations, housing, and community-anchor-institution data showing the potential for broadband demand aggregation and providing the data to support businesses cases for investment in new broadband infrastructure to schools and communities.
What makes our Community Planning Map unique is the power and flexibility it gives users to perform Spatial Analysis. For example, users can perform a Spatial Search to find all the Libraries within a specific Zip code or given community by name. Subsequently, a 2-mile buffer could be drawn around one of the Libraries identified to find all the public schools that fall within that 2-mile radius.
The Advertised Upload and Download Broadband Speeds and Service Types to these schools can then be instantly charted. Further, all the Census Blocks falling within this 2-mile buffer can be selected and their attributes can be exported to a spreadsheet. Users can easily determine the number of people living within 2 miles of a Library; find their average median age, the total number of households, etc.
All of Arizona’s Broadband Providers and their associated metrics can be easily viewed and the results saved as an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis. A Community Planner can readily measure the area and perimeter of their community, find the distance from the nearest Central Office or a major road or highway, and quickly view the broadband footprints of every provider in the vicinity.