The Mapping Broadband Health in America platform allows users to visualize, overlay and analyze broadband and health data at the national, state and county levels. The maps are an interactive experience, enabling detailed study of the intersection between connectivity and health for every county in the United States. The resulting maps can be used by both public and private sectors, and local communities, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and care.
In June 2017, the FCC's Connect2Health Task Force announced updates to the platform and released new Priority 2017, Rural Priority 2017, and Positive Trend Counties lists. The platform now reflects the latest complete annual fixed broadband dataset from the Commission and updated health data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. As telehealth, telemedicine, and other cutting-edge mHealth initiatives gain momentum across the country, this web-based mapping platform enables more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. View the press release and key findings.
View the sample maps for a peek into the world at the intersection of broadband and health.
Priority 2017, Rural Priority 2017, and Positive Trend Counties
In conjunction with the release of Mapping Broadband Health in America 2017, the Task Force conducted a series of data analyses and identified key “critical need” counties at the intersection of broadband and health with the goal of driving better decision-making and creating a roadmap for private investment and coordinated public support. All U.S. counties were considered for inclusion in the nationwide priority list, the Priority 2017; only counties with majority rural population were considered for the Rural Priority 2017 list. View the Priority 2017 and Rural Priority 2017 lists.
Also new this year is our Positive Trend Counties (PTC) inventory. The counties included on this PTC inventory were previously identified as having critical broadband health needs, but the latest data reflects progress (to above our specified thresholds) in either their broadband access metrics and/or health status. If positive trends continue, these counties would “graduate” from the lists altogether. View the Positive Trend Counties inventory.
Learn more about the list methodology.
Learn more about how to navigate the mapping platform using our tutorials. You’ll learn how to create customized maps to show many different contexts and angles on broadband and health data, like broadband access, broadband speeds, Internet adoption, and health outcomes including obesity, diabetes, preventable hospitalization and physician access. You can also slice the resulting maps by rural/urban demography.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information about the maps, including information on data sources and methodology.
Press Kit and Related Materials
Visit our press kit and related materials page to download a variety of materials including a press release and key findings.
Overlay Your Data
To extend the analytic power of the platform, the mapping platform was built using an Open Integration model, putting the power of the platform in the hands - and within the data - of the user and local communities. This allows users to integrate their own datasets. Learn more.
- Download Nationwide Data: JSON | XML | SHP | KML | CSV
- Download All States: JSON | XML | SHP | KML | CSV
- Download All Counties: JSON | XML | SHP | KML | CSV
In November 2016, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs co-hosted a webinar to further explore the potential of the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform for the public sector. This one-hour "deeper dive" webinar was particularly tailored to the needs and interests of state and local government offices and agencies. View the webinar video.
On August 2, 2016, the FCC's Connect2Health Task Force held a launch event for this mapping platform. Learn more.
The Connect2HealthFCC Task Force welcomes your suggestions and feedback as we continue to develop and refine the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform. Please submit comments with the Subject Line: "Mapping" to engageC2H@fcc.gov. You may also provide formal comments about the maps or submit additional data for the record via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, using GN Docket 16-91.