National Broadband Availability Map
The National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM) was created over 5 years ago to help State and local governments make informed decisions that would lead to an increase in broadband usage in rural areas. Recently, the Department of Commerce has funded a reboot of this initiative and wants to use the latest GIS technologies to update, enhance and improve on the last broadband map. Thus far, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has stood up a Geospatial platform in a managed cloud, and has started to partner with various State governments to enhance the data and functionality of NBAM. INCATech’s role is to function as a team of GIS-focused experts that develop solutions for both NTIA stakeholders and U.S. State groups. Our team will merge complex FCC datasets with new data from a variety of sources to provide policy makers, state/local organizations, and private industry with information that leads to better planning and policy decisions to increase broadband access in rural areas. INCATech is excited about the mission and the significant impact of this program since they will have a direct effect on our citizen’s digital inclusion, health, education, and financial security.
The Department of Commerce Mission
The Department of Commerce promotes job creation, economic growth, sustainable development, and improved living standards for all Americans, by working in partnership with business, universities,communities, and workers to:
1. Build for the future and promote U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, by strengthening and safeguarding the nation’s economic infrastructure;
2. Keep America competitive with cutting-edge science and technology and an unrivaled information base; and,
3. Provide effective management and stewardship of our nation’s resources and assets to ensure sustainable economic opportunities.