USA: The e-NC Authority made strides toward closing the digital divide when it began one of the first efforts to map access to broadband Internet service statewide. Its most recent interactive map uses Geographic Information System (GIS) layers of roads, county lines and other data. But e-NC makes its maps based on the data shared by Internet service providers. Many of those private companies are willing to share that data only under conditions of confidentiality—they say they need to keep the data out of the hands of competitors. That leaves gaps in the maps.
Those same companies recently hired Connected Nation, a nationwide nonprofit with strong industry ties, to do a separate statewide mapping project in North Carolina. The map is expected to be available by April.