Internet Access

What is the indicator?

The Internet access indicator measures the prevalence of different Internet technology options and the prevalence of different Internet provider options by percentage of Champaign county residents.

 

What does the data say? Are there any notable trends?

 

Internet Access Technology Options

 Internet Access Options  
Champaign CountyIllinoisUnited States
DSL92.1%94.1%90.0%
Fiber72.4%14.3%25.4%
Cable91.6%92.8%88.8%
Wireless100.0%100.0%99.4%

 

 

Wireless Internet Provider Options

 Wireless Internet Provider Options  
Champaign CountyIllinoisUnited States
00.0%0.0%0.1%
10.0%0.0%0.2%
20.0%0.2%2.5%
30.0%0.5%5.9%
40.7%1.9%29.7%
54.0%9.3%26.3%
611.7%21.5%16.5%
769.7%24.1%9.3%
8+14.0%42.4%9.5%

 

The percentage of Champaign County residents with access to each of the four assessed connection technologies (DSL, fiber, cable, and wireless) is greater than the percentage of all United States residents with access to the same technologies. The percentage of Illinois residents with access to each of the four technologies varies in relation to the percentage of U.S. and Champaign County residents with access to the same technologies.

Champaign County excels in the number of wireless Internet providers available to residents, as compared to Illinois and the United States. Over 80% of Champaign County residents have a choice of seven or more wireless Internet providers, compared to 66.5% of Illinois residents and only 18.8% of U.S. residents.

 

Why is this important?/Why did we include it in our set of indicators?

The ability of Champaign County residents to access the Internet has become key in many facets of life. Internet access provides economic, educational, and social opportunities; having or not having Internet access has become not only a technological issue, but an equity issue.

 

Where did we get the data, and how often is it released?

This data was retrieved from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration & Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Map, and dates from 2014.

 

Sources: National Telecommunications and Information Administration & Federal Communications Commission. (2014). National Broadband Map. Analyze: Summarize: Illinois. (Accessed 20 May 2016).; National Telecommunications and Information Administration & Federal Communications Commission. (2014). National Broadband Map. Analyze: Summarize: Champaign County. (Accessed 20 May 2016).