State Broadband Data Development (SBDD)
The State Data and Development Program was the first award made to the Territory
for the Broadband Program. In 2009, an award was made for performing mapping and
planning as part of the United States-wide SBDD grant program. The objectives of
the program are as follows:
Support the National Broadband Map, which shows access to broadband services
across all the states and territories by evaluating broadband needs, determining
availability and the quality of what’s available.
Plan for projects to build out the middle mile capacity in the USVI.
Plan for projects that expand the last mile open access broadband services
using a combination of high-speed wireless services and wired technologies.
On February 17, 2011, the National
Broadband Map went live. The USVI’s map is also available to all residents
and users wishing to verify broadband coverage.
Follow the Program’s Status
From September of 2010 through December 31, 2014, the SBDD grant covers the
following sub-projects over a five-year period:
Mapping Activities (SBDD Phase I)
Analysis and Residence-level street addressing (SBDD Address Normalization)
Smart Grid Planning in collaboration with WAPA
Emergency Management Response Planning