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Validating Nevada’s Broadband Service

By CNV Staff

Contributor: Charlie Roodenburg

We hope you enjoyed our blog yesterday about the different broadband delivery methods.  If you haven't checked it out, do so now!  Today, we're looking at how our team goes about validating the different broadband methods to provide more accurate, useful mapping of broadband availability.

Validation:

Our team of engineers verifies each of these platforms above by going out into the field with tools, test equipment and data.  We spend countless hours determining how accurately each platform is represented in Nevada.  This process is known as “provider validation.”

To see an example of a typical Connected Nation field validation performed by ETS member Dwayne Goodman in a community just south of Dallas, Texas, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNMEQKHbDls.

A spectrum analyzer is used to detect and analyze the strength of radio transmissions in licensed and unlicensed frequencies used to support mobile and fixed wireless broadband Internet access.

Connect Nevada is a subsidiary of Connected Nation and operates as a non-profit in the state of Nevada. Connect Nevada's efforts are funded by the United States Department of Commerce's State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  More information is available at www.broadbandusa.gov.

Charlie Roodenburg serves as a Technology Assessment Consultant for Connected Nation’s Engineering & Technical Services Division.  He works with each of the state's broadband providers to gather the data required to create detailed maps of broadband coverage.  He also responds to broadband inquiries posted by residents of Nevada at the Connect Nevada web site (http://www.connectnv.org/broadband-inquiry).  Charlie works with the Nevada Program Manager, Lindsey Niedzielski, and the rest of the Connect Nevada Team to promote broadband access, adoption, and use in all areas of the state. 

We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about broadband delivery methods and our validation process.  Our efforts are making a great impact and helping us continue to level the digital playing field as we work to improve broadband adoption and education.

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