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Florida Cost Per Meg Analysis

Year over year trends of FL's average cost per meg for wide area network (WAN) and dedicated internet access (DIA). BroadbandHub has analyzed cost per meg data since the second modernization order of the E-rate program in 2016. Here, we focus on Florida. BroadbandHub is quickly becoming a leading resource for national broadband intelligence and E-rate analytics. Thousands of schools and libraries are advancing their broadband access and utilizing Universal Service Administrative Company’s Schools and Libraries E-rate Program to help fund these initiatives. BroadbandHub is enabling service providers, consultants, and applicants to manage the E-rate process and understand how E-rate funding continues to impact the K12 community in positive ways. 2024-04-08T21:34:43.135Z BroadbandHub is highlighting cost per meg averages for wide area network (WAN) and dedicated internet access (DIA) in Florida for the 2021 E-rate filing year. In the table below we detail the average cost per meg across the entire state. 2024-04-08T21:34:36.205Z In the heat map below, BroadbandHub has detailed the cost per meg for WAN and DIA by county. Using BroadbandHub’s mapping solution, we can drill down to deeper layers to understand the cost per meg for WAN and DIA in even more restricted geographies and across multiple filing years. 2024-04-08T21:34:27.273Z 2024-04-08T21:35:23.972Z

ByAuthor imageLogan Malan
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Florida's Top E-rate Performing Counties

In the vibrant tapestry of Florida's digital ecosystem, a nuanced exploration of internet access services and data connections across its diverse counties unveils a spectrum of trends and challenges shaping the state's digital future. Let's embark on a journey through the data to gain a deeper understanding of Florida's digital landscape. Internet Access services across Florida counties. Internet access services across florida counties graph Championing High-Speed Connectivity: Counties like Polk, Pasco, and Collier emerge as frontrunners in providing high-speed internet access services, boasting impressive average upload speeds of up to 100,000 Mbps. These counties have invested in robust infrastructure to meet the growing demands of residents and businesses for fast and reliable internet connections. Fostering Cost-Effective Solutions: Noteworthy is the cost-effectiveness demonstrated by counties like Polk and Pasco, where the average cost per megabyte remains below $0.20. This indicates a strategic approach to delivering affordable internet access to communities, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all. Urban Centers and Connectivity Excellence: Urban counties such as Dade, Hillsborough, and Broward showcase robust internet access infrastructure, catering to the high connectivity demands of densely populated urban areas. These counties serve as hubs of digital innovation and economic growth, driving forward Florida's digital agenda. Data Connection between sites within Florida counties. Data Connection between sites within Florida counties graph Pioneering Innovative Data Connectivity Solutions: Marion and Osceola counties lead the way in establishing efficient data connections between sites within the county network. With impressive average upload speeds and relatively low total costs, these counties demonstrate a commitment to fostering connectivity and collaboration within their communities. Addressing Challenges in Rural Areas: Conversely, rural counties like Gadsden and Leon face unique challenges in data connectivity, grappling with higher average costs per megabyte and varying upload speeds. These challenges underscore the importance of targeted investments and innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide and ensure equitable access to digital resources for all Floridians. Bridging the Urban-Rural Digital Divide: While urban counties like Orange showcase efficient data connections and robust internet access infrastructure, rural counties like Gadsden and Leon highlight the urban-rural digital divide. Bridging this gap requires concerted efforts from policymakers, industry stakeholders, and community leaders to ensure that all Floridians have access to the opportunities and benefits of the digital age. Conclusion: Charting a Course for Florida's Digital Future As we navigate Florida's digital landscape, it is essential to recognize the multifaceted nature of digital connectivity and the diverse needs of communities across the state. By leveraging insights from data and embracing innovative solutions, we can chart a course towards a connected future where every Floridian has access to the transformative power of technology. Stay tuned for more insights and updates as we continue to explore Florida's digital evolution and strive to build a more inclusive and connected state for all.

ByAuthor imageLogan Malan
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California's Top E-rate Performing Counties

BroadbandHub is posting another series of data analytics to highlight counties across the United States. We went into the E-rate data and looked at the top 60 billers in each state in order to see what the state of broadband is across the nation. By looking at counties we are able to see the average costs and the average speeds that broadband initiatives have built up over the years. Two sets of data shed light on the internet access and data connection trends across different counties, showcasing a spectrum of capacities, costs, and priorities. Internet Access services across California counties Internet Access services across California counties The first set of data unveils the Internet Access services in various California counties for the E-rate year 2023. Here are some notable observations: 1. Speedy connections Counties like San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Santa Barbara boast impressive average upload speeds, each reaching 100,000 Mbps. Riverside, Tulare, and Stanislaus also exhibit substantial average upload speeds, indicating a commitment to high-speed connectivity. 2. Cost dynamics Los Angeles takes the lead in total cost with a staggering $164,663.03, followed closely by Riverside and San Diego. Notably, San Francisco and Santa Clara manage to achieve high-speed connectivity with relatively lower total costs. 3. Cost per megabyte San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Santa Barbara emerge as cost-efficient, with the lowest average cost per megabyte, all below $0.50. On the contrary, San Diego, San Bernardino County, and Shasta face higher costs per megabyte. 4. Overall trend The data suggests a diverse internet access service landscape, with some counties prioritizing speed, while others focus on cost-effectiveness. Data Connection between sites within counties Data Connection between sites within counties The second set of data delves into data connections between sites within counties. Let's explore the key findings: 1. High-speed data connections Tulare, San Francisco, and Santa Clara lead in average upload speeds, showcasing robust data connections ranging from 37,000 to 100,000 Mbps. 2. Varied total costs San Joaquin tops the list with the highest total cost at $116,100.00, followed by Santa Clara and Tulare. Counties like Sonoma, Sacramento, and Lake maintain relatively lower total costs. 3. Cost per megabyte for data connection: Tulare, Riverside, and Sacramento stand out with the lowest average cost per megabyte, all below $1.00. Santa Clara, Orange, and San Joaquin grapple with higher costs per megabyte for data connections. 4. Overall trend The data connection landscape reflects a mix of high-speed solutions and cost considerations, with Tulare emerging as a cost-effective standout. Conclusion The data highlights the intricate digital landscapes of California counties. While some prioritize high-speed internet access services, others navigate the balance between speed and cost-effectiveness in data connections. Understanding these trends can aid policymakers, service providers, and residents in shaping the future of digital connectivity in the Golden State. As California continues to evolve digitally, these insights pave the way for informed decision-making and the creation of resilient and efficient digital infrastructures.

ByAuthor imageLogan Malan
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The Impact of E-rate in California

The internet has revolutionized the way we live, work, and learn. In today’s digital age, access to high-speed internet is essential for students and educators alike. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to this crucial resource. That’s where the E-Rate program comes in. This federal program provides funding to eligible schools and libraries for internet access and other telecommunications services. California has been one of the most successful states in implementing the E-Rate program, with many schools and libraries benefiting from the program’s support. In this blog post, we will explore some numbers that show just how much funding has been used year over year, and what those savings can be used towards. E-rate Funding Summary In the table above, we pulled the data on the total cost of projects that were done through the E-rate program for each funding year. California E-Rate statistics California has saved $857.4 million dollars by using the e-rate program and can use that money for various purposes related to education and technology infrastructure. By saving this significant amount through the program, California can invest the funds in the following areas: Teacher Professional Development The savings generated through the e-rate program in California could potentially be used to improve various aspects of the education system, including increasing teacher salaries. Investing in teacher training and professional development programs can enhance instructional techniques, incorporating technology effectively in the classroom, and staying up-to-date with the latest educational practices. How many teachers can you fund? Education Technology The money can be used to enhance technology integration in schools, providing students and educators with better access to computers, tablets, and other digital devices. Upgrading classroom technology can improve learning experiences and foster digital literacy among students. School Infrastructure Schools can utilize the savings to improve their physical infrastructure, such as renovating classrooms, building new facilities, or upgrading existing structures to create a more conducive learning environment. How many schools can you build? Digital Content and Curriculum California can use the funds to acquire digital learning resources, educational software, and online curricula that align with state standards and cater to the diverse learning needs of students. Broadband Connectivity The savings can be invested in expanding broadband access to rural or underserved areas, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities to access online resources and digital learning materials. Libraries and Community Centers The money can also benefit public libraries and community centers by improving their technological infrastructure, providing access to high-speed internet, and offering educational programs to the local community. School Security and Safety Some of the savings can be allocated to enhancing school security measures, such as installing surveillance cameras, improving access control, and implementing safety protocols to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff. Special Education Programs Allocating funds to support special education programs can enhance resources and support for students with disabilities, ensuring an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all. It’s important to note that the allocation of these funds would require careful planning and coordination among educational authorities and stakeholders to maximize the positive impact on the state’s education system and the overall well-being of its students.

ByAuthor imageLogan Malan
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California Cost Per Meg Analysis

Taking a closer look at CA's average cost per meg for wide area network (WAN) and dedicated internet access (DIA) BroadbandHub is highlighting cost per meg averages for wide area network (WAN) and dedicated internet access (DIA) in California for the 2023 E-rate filing year. In the graphic below we detail the average cost per meg across the entire state. Cost per meg analysis: California In the heat map below, BroadbandHub has detailed the cost per meg for WAN and DIA by county. Using BroadbandHub’s mapping solution, we can drill down to deeper layers to understand the cost per meg for WAN and DIA in even more restricted geographies and across multiple filing years. WAN averages by county DIA averages by county

ByAuthor imageLogan Malan