Last week, Gov. Martin O’Malley requested that Maryland citizens and businesses take the Maryland Broadband Speed Test, a fast, simple and confidential survey that will provide accurate data on Internet connectivity from around the state. The Broadband Mapping Initiative is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“By mapping current broadband availability and measuring Internet speeds,” said O’Malley, “we will find those areas where broadband is not available, and where service can be improved.”
RESI created the survey for the Maryland Broadband Map speed test which verifies data received from broadband service providers and helps confirm underserved regions across the state.
CGIS developed the Web sites that offer Maryland’s citizens comprehensive information about the initiative. CGIS is working with data received from Internet service providers, and is gathering and processing data for community support organizations (such as schools, libraries and certain government agency programs) that provide public access to high-speed Internet.
CGIS is also developing and hosting an interactive, Web-based mapping application that will be publicly accessible through Maryland’s MD iMap infrastructure. One can view 2009 Maryland speed test results at http://broadband.maryland.gov/map.html.
Once data from 2010 is collected, analyzed and mapped, Maryland’s officials will have a more accurate assessment of what areas broadband coverage is lacking or needs improvement.
“CGIS’ and RESI’s roles in this statewide initiative,” says Dyan Brasington, TU Vice President for Economic and Community Outreach, “are the latest in their continuous efforts to apply TU’s highly qualified research and project talent toward addressing issues on behalf of the larger community we serve.”
The Maryland Broadband Mapping Initiative is federally funded through the National Telecommunications Administration and led by the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MdBC). TU is a member of a working partnership that includes Salisbury University, the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, and the Maryland State Geographic Information Officer.