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Commonwealth Connection: Virginia's Broadband Service Mapping and Analysis Tool

The need for access to broadband is at an all-time high. The ability to grow a business, engage in virtual learning opportunities, and have the ability to reach telehealth opportunities all hinge on access to high-speed internet connectivity. The Commonwealth Connection, Virginia’s broadband availability map and analysis tool offers a new look to service availability in the Commonwealth and sheds light on which areas have access to this critical infrastructure.

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The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has launched a statewide broadband availability map indicating broadband coverage, including maximum broadband speeds available in service territories in the Commonwealth. Broadband service providers are required to submit updated service territory data to the Department annually. 

 

Internet Service Provider Service Territory Data Submission Guidelines

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released guidelines for the Virginia Broadband Availability Map - Internet Service Provider Service Territory Data Submission Process. In accordance with these guidelines, internet service providers must submit coverage data by December 1, 2022. A link to the data submission portal is provided below on this page, which will open on October 17, 2022.


Broadband Availability Map

Section P of Item 115 of Chapter 2, 2022 Acts of Assembly, 2022 Special Session I, commonly known as the Budget Bill, directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a statewide broadband availability map indicating broadband coverage, including maximum broadband speeds available in service territories in the Commonwealth. As directed in the Budget Bill, all broadband service providers shall be required to submit updated service territory data to the Department annually, containing the locations to which they provide broadband service. DHCD is in the process of creating this map and expects the map will be available in Spring 2022.


Locations Unserved by Broadband

Section P of Item 115 of Chapter 2, 2022 Acts of Assembly, 2022 Special Session I, commonly known as the Budget Bill, establishes that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) may publish only anonymized versions of the map, showing locations served and unserved by broadband without reference to any specific provider. For the purposes of this statewide broadband map, the definition of 'broadband'  means internet access at speeds equal to or greater than the broadband internet speed benchmark set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC's current definition of broadband, set in February 2015, establishes the speed threshold at which internet service is considered broadband at 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. In accordance with this reference and definition, DHCD has released the shapefile below which provides those locations unserved by broadband at this speed threshold. 

Click Here to Down the Address File of Locations Unserved by Broadband


Internet Service Provider Data Submission Timeline

September 22, 2022:  DHCD Publishes Draft Data Collection Guidelines
October 6, 2022:         Public Comment Window Closes on Draft Guidelines
October 14, 2022:       DHCD Publishes Final Draft Guidelines
October 17, 2022:       Data Collection Window Opens
October 25, 2022:       DHCD and CGIT host webinar on submission best practices
December 1, 2022:     Data due from Internet Providers
January 13, 2023:       Anticipated Release of Updated Map