The second session was presented by Brian Shepherd and Megan Chadwick of OIT.
The map was started through the ARRA grant process. The map is compiled from data provided by the various service providers in the state. Most of the offices efforts are put into collecting and validating data. The office does collect speed test data and other performance measures. These performance measures are used, in part, to validate service provider provided data.A COUPLE OF THOUGHTS…
Mr. Shepherd answered a question about what value this map data has by talking about the fact that broadband is an unregulated service. The overall question of today is, “What is the role of government?” Most of the conversation revolved around government regulating or subsidizing incumbent network owners. Some of the conversation touched on state provided infrastructure (in particular, dig once policies and the Arizona digital highway law).
For planning, the reported data has a number of deficiencies:
- It focuses on census blocks – these geographic blocks do not reflect real service availability.
- It does not survey backbone or middle mile infrastructure.
- There is no mechanism on the state’s site for reporting unserved areas.