definition • Based on land use patterns: “the picture you would get of a settlement from an airplane” – USDA • “Not urban:” population outside: • “urbanized areas” > 50,000 pop. • “urban clusters” 2,500 - 50k • 19.3% of U.S. population “rural” in 2010 - 59.4 million people! Census Bureau
areas” • Views cities as economic entities; rurality as what lies outside of their influence – as defined through regular commuting patterns • "Metropolitan," "Micropolitan" and a third unnamed categorization commonly called "non-core" or "non-metro"
United States gets a National Broadband Map, finds much of its nation doesn't have broadband The FCC of the Obama administration has been very keen to highlight the fact that many Americans today still aren't riding the information superhighway, a mission of awareness-spreading that was advanced a little more yesterday with the introduction of the National Broadband Map. Mostly the work of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, this $200 million project provides broadband data for thousands of providers with over 25 million searchable records -- all of which can be visualized in map form, categorized by connectivity type, or downloaded in full to your computer. APIs have been made available for anyone interested in remixing / using the NBM elsewhere, while information updates are promised every six months. In terms of the maps' content, we're still seeing unsatisfactorily wide swathes of broadband-free countryside, but we suppose the first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one. National Broadband Map introduction New York Times, Switched National Broadband Map 188 - - - - PlayStation 3 Slim review (late 2012): is the third time a charm? (X) ago Just Mobile talks about working with Apple and why it manufactures in Taiwan exclusively 4 hours ago Samsung Galaxy Note II review 5 hours ago Engadget UK Giveaway: win a Samsung Galaxy Note II courtesy of MobiCity 9 hours ago How would you change HTC's Titan II? 16 hours ago
– Michael J. Copps, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission “Bringing Broadband to Rural America,” 2008 • Study: communities with access to mass-market broadband grew disproportionally • Improve quality of education, health care and public safety • Farm productivity: weather and crop reports, livestock disease, time sales of products • Opens wider markets for small business, craftspeople • Enables telecommuting, telework • Assistance for disabled • Broadband is the “national highway system of the 21st century”