The State Broadband Data and Development Grant for the Digital Arizona Program will draw to a close on January 31, 2015. As a result of the grant closing, the Digital Arizona Program will also be discontinued and the Digital Arizona Council (DAC) will no longer convene. This website will continue to be an on-line source for information and education regarding high-capacity Broadband capabilities throughout Arizona. The Broadband Planning Map Tool will continue to be found on line at: http://broadbandmap.az.gov/broadbandapp/
Please Participate - Arizona needs your help in gathering data that helps community and state planners pursue policies aimed at increasing mobile broadband service coverage for all citizens. Digital Arizona hopes you will join the effort by simply downloading the free, network testing app on your mobile device to ensure that your neighborhood is tested.
Click on the heading above to find out how to download the app!
The value of the Internet increases exponentially as it is used for more and more purposes by more and more people.
Multiple technologies have the capability for delivering high-capacity Internet access services. The availability of these technologies and their performance levels vary widely across Arizona. High density urban areas offer the most choices and pricing options because of the availability of competing services. High-capacity Internet has much more limited options in many rural communities throughout the state which the Digital Arizona Program is working with providers and communities to improve.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) currently defines basic Broadband as transmission speeds of at least 4 megabits per second (Mbps), or 4 million bits per second (Mbps), downstream. However next year, the FCC is expected to increase the definition of the minimum download speed considered to be broadband to 10 Mbps. If they do this many fixed wireless services and slower DSL and cable services will no longer be classifiable as broadband. Note that "T1" services, at 1.5 Mbps, which many in the past have considered to be "broadband", do not reach even the earlier FCC definition. Streaming video services typically require a minimum of 6 Mbps for reliably streaming high definition (HD) content without disruption.
One of the greatest challenges of Broadband is providing high capacity service to those in low population density areas, such as rural areas, and small towns.