Description: This feature class represents the Virginia State Broadband Data area of broadband availability. Area of broadband availability refers to those individual US Census Blocks where each facilities-based provider of broadband service claims to provide broadband services. For each area the provider name and technology they provide there are represented. In addition, advertised and typical upload and download speeds are often reported at these levels. If a provider offers availability to any location within a census block, the entire block is deemed available under this effort. For this purpose, ''broadband service'' is the provision, on either a commercial or non-commercial basis, of data transmission technology that provides two-way data transmission to and from the Internet with advertised speeds of at least 3 megabits per second (mbps) downstream to end users. For this purpose, an ''end user'' of broadband service is a residential or business party, institution or State or local government entity that may use broadband service for its own purposes. An entity is a ''facilities based'' provider of broadband service connections to end user locations if any of the following conditions are met: (1) It owns the portion of the physical facility that terminates at the end user location; (2) it obtains unbundled network elements (UNEs), special access lines, or other leased facilities that terminate at the end user location and provisions/equips them as broadband; or (3) it provisions/equips a broadband wireless channel to the end user location over licensed or unlicensed spectrum.
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Copyright Text: This publication was developed using source data from the FCC's 477 Broadband data clearinghouse: https://www.fcc.gov/general/iatd-data-statistical-reports. All questions or concerns should be sent to the point of contact at the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA).