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3D Elevation Program supports broadband internet access

November 16, 2021

According to the Federal Communications Commission, millions of Americans in rural parts of the country currently lack access to broadband (high-speed, always-on internet). Federal and State agencies have launched initiatives to enhance broadband access in rural America. High-resolution light detection and ranging (lidar) data can play a role in improving maps of broadband accessibility and helping to strengthen the broadband communications network. Lidar underpins signal propagation analyses to determine where broadband signals from communication towers can and cannot reach across the landscape and can be used to determine optimal siting of new towers and cell stations to increase broadband coverage.

Publication Year 2021
Title 3D Elevation Program supports broadband internet access
DOI 10.3133/fs20213056
Authors Cindy A. Thatcher, Vicki Lukas
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2021-3056
Index ID fs20213056
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Geospatial Program