This map was created to meet the requirements of the State Broadband Data and Development Program
(commonly referred to as the Broadband Mapping Program).
The program is designed to award each state a competitive broadband mapping grant. States are expected to use the funds to obtain broadband data that identifies and tracks the availability and adoption of broadband services within their state. Each state was required to designate one eligible entity as the grant recipient. In Oklahoma, the Department of Information Services is the eligible entity. Oklahoma contracted out the mapping work to a third-party mapping vendor, The Sanborn Map Company.
This map was created by collecting information about service availability from providers of broadband (both commercial providers and public providers). Currently, we have broadband data from providers who were willing to participate in this program. A list of the participating providers
can be viewed online.
Data were compiled into a consistent format and displayed on this map. This map includes data aggregated to census blocks and street segments. This means that service availability is shown at a census block level for census blocks less than 2 square miles, but only by street segment for census blocks greater than 2 square miles.
This mapping program is voluntary and not mandatory. Thus, this map is the result of data collected from providers that agreed to participate in the program. Since there are still providers not included on this map this map is not yet final.
A list of participating Broadband Providers
is available online.
Per program requirements, major updates to the data will be made shortly after the data is delivered to NTIA on April 1st and October 1st of each year.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) defines broadband as:
Data transmission technology that provides two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to end users, or providing sufficient capacity in a middle mile project to support the provision of broadband service to end users within the project area.
Broadband service availability is defined by NTIA as:
Broadband service is "available" to an end user at an address if a broadband service provider does, or could, within a typical service interval (7 to 10 business days) without an extraordinary commitment of resources, provision two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 768 kilobits per second (kbps) downstream and at least 200 kbps upstream to the end user at the address.
An end user is defined by NTIA as:
A residential or business party, institution or state or local government entity, including a Community Anchor Institution, that may use broadband service for its own purposes and that does not resell such service to other entities or incorporate such service into retail Internet-access services. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are not "end users" for this purpose.
Community Anchor Institutions are defined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as:
Schools, libraries, medical and healthcare providers, public safety entities, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, and other community support organizations and entities.
Per the requirements of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Notice for Funds Availability (NOFA) and subsequent clarifications (i.e., changes to their rules), providers are to provide data aggregated to census blocks for blocks less than 2 square miles. But, for areas where the census block is greater than 2 square miles, they only need to provide information at the street segment level. Lines around streets are used to display availability but do not mean that service is available only at the specific street segment – for example, you may still be served if your house is offset from the road. Call available providers in that area to determine whether they can provider service to you or not.
Areas may show no service for several reasons:
The area may truly have no broadband service.
We do not have information about a provider in the area.
Some providers decided not to participate in the program and therefore, we do not have any data from that provider.
Some areas may show no service because the availability of service is shown along a street segment for blocks greater than 2 square miles. In such cases, houses offset from the street segment may still have service but are not represented visually as such. Confirm service by calling the specific provider.
Areas served by providers using satellite technologies are not included in this initial version of the map because it displays specific broadband service availability. Satellite companies state they provide statewide coverage, and therefore did not provide sufficiently granular data. As more granular data becomes available from satellite providers, they will be added to the map.
Per NTIA requirements, applicants were not required to collect data on broadband service provided by the federal government or any agencies or instrumentalities of the federal government or broadband service provided on property owned or leased by the federal government or any agencies, or instrumentalities of the federal government. This includes military bases and other federal properties.
There can be many reasons for this:
We may not have been able to identify a provider in the area.
We may not have data because providers who were identified and contacted chose not to participate.
The provider may have started providing service after the data collection period. Providers have the opportunity to update their service area every 6 months.
If your provider is a satellite provider we are still working to get more granular data on the map.
Per the NTIA requirements, if a portion of a Census Block or a street segment is served, the entire census block or street segment is considered served by that provider. Areas within that block or segment may not be served.
Other reasons may include data errors, or that providers listed only provide service to certain types of users, such as commercial entities. For actual service availability, please contact the provider directly.
The speeds maps shown are based on advertised maximum download speeds data provided by each provider of broadband. This does not represent actual speeds that users experience. In the future, speed maps based on actual speed test results will also be compiled and shown.
The map is best viewed in Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.5, Chrome 4
In addition to informing you about your broadband connection speed, we are using this data to inform the broadband mapping project. Your test results help verify the existence and quality of broadband in your area, which in turn helps us accurately determine which areas statewide have broadband availability and which areas are underserved or not served by broadband. This information will help identify where broadband infrastructure improvements are needed in Oklahoma.
The speed test uses software built by Ookla Net Metrics (www.ookla.com). When the speed test runs, it passes a small binary file back and forth (to test both upload and download speed) between your computer and a server in Oklahoma to estimate your connection speed.
Speed test results are provided for illustrative purposes only and no warranty or guarantee about their accuracy, timeliness or reliability is expressed or implied. Speed test results may be effected by numerous variables such as: viruses; automatic updating; low memory capacity; processor capabilities; the type and capabilities of the operating system; the version and configuration of the web browser software used; capabilities of a router; other computers or other devices in the home network; type of WiFi used; other devices wireless devices such as cordless phones or adjacent networks; the distance from the consumer's computer to the WiFi access point; and whether and what type of WiFi encryption is used, etc. Routing issues can also impact performance. A server might be physically close to you, but due to ISP routing, the information passed from your computer to that server might actually travel a further distance.
You can provide feedback on the map or data by sending us an email at OkBroadBandMap@sanborn.com.
For more information about Oklahoma’s Broadband Program, go to http://broadband.ok.gov/
For more information about NTIA’s State Broadband Data and Development Program, go to http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/SBDD.