Research Tools: New Dashboard to Explore Impacts of Federal Broadband Investments on Local Communities
From the U.S. Census:
ACCESS BROADBAND stands for Advancing Critical Connectivity Expands Service, Small Business Resources, Opportunities, Access, and Data Based on Assessed Need and Demand Act. The new data tool shows how changes in broadband infrastructure expansion may impact local economies.
The dashboard includes a series of maps showing different broadband access measures, as well as economic characteristics that research suggests could be influenced by increased access to broadband. Maps display statistics on employment, small business establishments, wages and income, poverty, home values, population change and migration, educational attainment, and gross domestic product (GDP).
Maps include statistics for U.S. states (including the District of Columbia) and counties, with a few select key indicators available at the census tract level. Most maps also include statistics for Puerto Rico.
The Census Bureau and NTIA plan to update the dashboard annually so users can assess the economic context of areas where broadband availability and adoption efforts are underway. Each release will include the interactive dashboard and supplemental data files so users can access the underlying map data.
The 21 maps included in the ACCESS BROADBAND Dashboard show the:
- Percentage of households with a broadband subscription.
- Percentage of population living where broadband fixed services of at least 25/3 Mbps are available.
- Percentage of population employed.
- Labor force participation rate.
- Unemployment rate.
- Annual change in employment.
- Percentage of workers self-employed.
- Percentage of workers that work from home.
- Average weekly wage (dollars).
- Median household income (dollars).
- Poverty rate (Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates or SAIPE).
- Poverty rate (American Community Survey or ACS).
- Establishment entry rate.
- Annual change in business establishments with less than 20 employees.
- Annual change in business establishments with less than 500 employees.
- Annual change in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
- Median home value (dollars).
- Annual change in population.
- Net migration rate.
- Percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- Percentage of high school-aged population that did not graduate and are not enrolled in school.
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