The Oklahoma Broadband Office (OBO) has launched an interactive online map detailing availability of high-speed internet service throughout the state.
The Oklahoma Broadband Map – available at map.broadband.ok.gov – offers Oklahomans a way to track improvements in broadband infrastructure as Federal grant funds are deployed statewide over the coming years.
“The Oklahoma-specific map will serve as a guide to the success of our mission to ensure high-speed internet service is available to everyone – including the nearly 750,000 Oklahomans who lack such service today,” Executive Director Mike Sanders said.
The map, which was developed using Federal grant funds, offers information and functions not available in either of two maps maintained by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Among the unique features of the Oklahoma map is the ability to view service availability within congressional districts and state legislative districts. The state said that updated features will be added in a second version of the map which it expects to release early next year.
Through the state map, users can search addresses; view unserved, underserved, and served locations; distinguish between different technologies in use; see reported internet speeds by location; and view areas receiving upgrades through Federal grant funds. OBO provides a brief tutorial video on how to use the map’s resources.
The state map also links to the FCC’s National Broadband and Broadband Funding maps. OBO said that the three maps are included together to “provide as much information as possible to the public.” OBO did note that both state law and Federal regulations require all grant funding decisions to be based on the FCC National Broadband Map.