Featured Functions

The featured functions on My ConnectView™ interactive map are located on the top center menu bar.  

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Locate

When using the Locate function, users can take advantage of any of the three input methods - address, coordinated, or click location.  All three methods will provide a pop-up window that displays the names of the broadband providers at the specified location; clicking the name of a broadband provider will open a new window to the provider's website (if available).

 

Locate by Address: Users can enter an address to zoom the map into that location and get a list of broadband providers at the entered address.  Depending on the address entered, users can choose which matching address is the closest to the location in which they are interested.  

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Locate by Coordinates: By clicking on the blue pushpin graphic on the Locate window, users can enter latitude and longitude coordinates, then click Locate to zoom in the specified location.

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Locate by Click Location: In addition, users can click a location on the map, while the coordinates window is open, to retrieve a list of broadband providers at that location.  

 

Maps/Data

The Maps/Data window is available to users to select the data layers that they wish to view on the map display.  Data layers are broken down into three main sections:  Access, Adoption, and Use (AAU).  The AAU sections contain broadband coverage information, the density of unserved households, maximum advertised download speeds, links to adoption programs, and community anchor institutions (CAI).  New and improved data layers are continuously in development.

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Layer Transparency: To change the transparency, or opaqueness, of the displayed data layers, use the slider bar at the top of the Maps/Data window.  Moving the oval graphic closer to 100% will make the displayed layers darker, while moving it closer to 0% will make them more translucent.

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Clearing the Map: When wanting the selected, or turned on, layers to stop displaying, the Clear Map button image21.gif can be used.  Clicking the Clear Map button will turn all layers off under Maps/Data.  

 

Number of Selected Layers: After turning on various layers in different AAU sections, the dark circle to the right of the section heading will indicate how many layers within the section are currently selected.  As a different section is expanded, this allows the user to know how many other layers are being viewed simultaneously.  

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Tools

The series of tools available by clicking on the Tools button allows for additional user functionality.

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Draw and Measure: The Draw and Measure tools let users draw shapes and add text to the map display.  After clicking on Draw and Measure in the Tools window, another window will open to select the shape or text functions.  Click on a shape or the "A" text button, then click on the map display to begin drawing.  Clicking the "Show Measurements" check box will display the distance or area of the shape drawn on the map, depending on the graphic selected.

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Search Demographics: The Search Demographics tool allows users to select a given area on the map display and obtain information on the number of households served and unserved by broadband at a census block level.  These results can be exported to a spreadsheet.  

 

Similar to the Draw and Measure tool, selecting the Search Demographics tool will open another window where a specific drawing graphic can be selected. With the selected graphic, a user can then draw a shape on the map to obtain household numbers by census block.  

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Depending on the number of records selected, there are a couple results that will be returned.  

 

If less than 250 census are selected, the following window will display showing the census block identification number, the number of broadband served households, the number of unserved households, the total number of households in the census block, and the type of census block (rural, non-rural, or mixed, based on the definition set in the SBI NOFA).  These results can also be downloaded into a spreadsheet format.  

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If more than 250 census blocks (but less than 25,000) are selected, the following window will display, allowing users to download the census block results to a spreadsheet.  

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If more than 25,000 census block are selected, the following window will display, allowing users to contact the appropriate person to obtain the customized data set needed.  

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Data Extract: The Data Extract tool allows users to select an area on the map display and export the data in a GIS format (shapefile or geodatabase), Excel spreadsheet, or Adobe PDF.  

 

Opening the Data Extract tool brings up another window to let users select a drawing shape with which to select the area of interest.  Users can then select the data layers they are interested in downloading, selecting from Community Anchor Institutions (CAI), Broadband Serviced Road Segments, Broadband Serviced Census Blocks, and/or Wireless Footprints.
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Step 3 allows users to select the type of file output, choosing from Shapefile, File Geodatabase, Excel spreadsheet, or Adobe PDF.  Note: Appropriate software must be installed on the compute to view or utilize these files; Shapefile and File Geodatabase formates require Esri software.  After selections are made and an area is drawn on the map, users can then click the Extract button.  Once the application gathers the data, a window will pop-up notifying the user that it is ready for download and the application will let the user save the file to their computer.  

 

If a very large area of data is needed (greater than 20,000 square miles), a link at the top of the Data Extract tool is available for users to download the entire state file.  

 

Broadband Projects: This tools allows users to see current broadband expansion projects.  Users can click on the construction graphic image31.gif to get more information about each project.  

 

Feedback

The Feedback tool allows a user to submit information directly to the staff in charge of data processing and display.  Users enter their name, telephone (optional), e-mail address, and comments into the window and click submit.  The Feedback tool also attaches an image of what the user has on the map, including any graphics or text that the user has added to the map display using the Draw and Measure tool.

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