The NC Department of Information Technology recently released new data indices that provide a more accurate look at the current state of broadband access, adoption and the digital divide in communities across North Carolina. The indices are two unique measures that will inform the design of programs, policies and tools to align with the specific needs of each community. They will help demonstrate need, identify the most beneficial types of investments and determine where resources should be deployed.
“These indices are essential for gaining a better understanding of the areas we serve and the challenges those areas face when it comes to accessing and adopting high-speed connectivity,” said Jeff Sural, director of NCDIT’s Broadband Infrastructure Office. “With a clearer picture of where we stand as a state, we are better equipped to work with communities and our public and private partners to address these challenges.”
State and local leaders, private providers and advocates can use the indices to visualize the specific challenges, opportunities and key factors contributing to the digital divide for the areas they serve. The indices will then assist leaders in designing tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of their communities.
The Broadband Infrastructure Office last year commissioned Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D., a renowned broadband researcher from Purdue University, to create the North Carolina Broadband Indices. They’re available at: https://ncbroadband.gov/indices.