This page contains an introduction of the Georgia Rural Broadband Survey data visualizations (“Survey Visualizations”), disclaimers, and tutorials illustrating how to use the interactive survey visualizations.
The Georgia Rural Broadband Survey started taking online responses on September 23, 2016 and closed on June 30, 2017. In total, 12,437 people participated the survey and provided valuable inputs. The survey prompts were organized in three parts: “Existing Wireline Service Reported in your Area”, “Your Current Speed”, and “Questions”. While protecting the anonymity of the survey participants, the Survey Visualizations utilized their geographical attributes (e.g., City, County, GA House District, GA Senate District) in order to make geographical filtering and analysis possible.
“Existing Wireline Services Reported in your Area”
Based on the home addresses entered by the survey participants, the Georgia Rural Broadband Survey website populated a list of available providers and their corresponding maximum download speed (according to the 2014 NTIA data). They presented the following questions regarding wireline services:
- “Available to You?”
- “Do You Subscribe?”
- “Sufficient for your Needs?”
Data visualizations showcasing the responses to these questions can be found in Broadband Survey Data Visualization – Service Provider.
“Your Current Speed”
The survey recorded real-time speed test results (Download, Upload, Latency, and Jitter) from an online speed test performed by survey participants.
Data visualizations in the “Your Current Speed” category are based on speed test results from participants who reported being subscribed to a wireline service and who performed the speed test at their home address. The results are shown in Broadband Survey Data Visualization - Overview and Broadband Survey Data Visualization – Provider Coverage.
In this survey category, participants were asked the following questions:
- “Pick the wireline download speed range to which you subscribe.”
- “If you do not subscribe to any existing wireline services above, do you subscribe to any of the following?”
- “Are you able to purchase the speed of broadband service that you need?”
- “For the address you have entered into the survey, how important is internet access to your ability to earn a living?”
- “For the address you have entered into the survey, how important is internet access to your quality of life?”
- “What would you like to see the State of Georgia do, if anything, to improve broadband service?” (Note that participants were asked to provide their responses in free response format)
The survey responses for Question 1 through Questions 3 are shown in Broadband Survey Data Visualization – Speed and Access. The geographical distribution of the rates of participants answering “I can’t get wireline service” for Question 1 and “No” for Question 3, respectively, and the responses for Question 4 and Question 5, are summarized in Broadband Survey Data Visualization - Overview. The responses for Question 6 were summarized and grouped by Senate / House District level and made available to download in Documents section.
The trend analysis of the survey responses, such as the pattern of the survey responses over time (by hour or weekday) can be found in Broadband Survey Data Visualization – Trend Analysis.
The survey responses were summarized numerically (e.g. response count, rate) by county and city level. These visualizations can be found in Broadband Survey Data Visualization - Appendix.
The objective of the Georgia Rural Broadband Survey data visualization reports (“Survey Visualizations”) is to provide a visual tool to help analyze the responses from survey participants. The data appearing in these visualizations may display inaccuracy and/or inconsistency when compared to external sources. Specifically, the speed test results shown in the visualizations do not claim to be an accurate representation of wireline services from the listed providers.
The survey visualizations on this website are intended to be as user-interactive as possible. Almost any section of the visualization can be clicked on, modified, or examined in further detail.
There are a few features that you will see consistently throughout the visualizations: a Selections Bar, a Survey Question Selection, a Filter Selection, and a Visualization Selection. Refer to the sections below to learn more about each feature and how to use it.
Note: Some parts of a visualization are not interactive, such as Key Performance Indicators containing numbers, rates, and calculations. These will update in response to other selections made on the visualization, but cannot be modified individually.
The Selections Bar will track any selections currently active on a given page. Selections would appear in the center section of the bar in the order they are chosen. Multiple selections within a filter will display the number of selected elements within the filter, while a single element will display the name of the element selected. The tooltips on the left side of the bar allow you to cycling through current selections, or clear all selections to start over with no selections applied to the page. On the right side of the bar, the Smart Search button will allow you to search for key phrases within the page, and the Selections Tool lets you filter each dimension available using a combination of search and filter selections.
Survey Question Selection
Select a survey question by clicking on the desired element from the list provided on each page. The active selection applied to the page will highlight in green, and only one question remains active at a time. Changing the survey question does not alter the filter selections already made, and the page will display information for the new question with those filters applied unless cleared.
Filters allow selection of detailed results from within the survey. More than one filter can be applied to the page at a given time. Selections outside of an already active filter will be highlighted in gray. Selecting a gray option from a filter will overwrite previously active selections.
Clicking on a filter will bring up a window providing further selection options. Any selections will be highlighted in green, and they are applied to the page by using the green confirmation button. Using the red cancel selection button will close the filter window without applying any selections to the page. The clear selection option will clear the selections made without closing the filter window. More advanced selection menu options can be found under the Selection Menu button on the top left side of the filter window.
Selections made from visuals function the same as filter selections within the page. For instance, clicking on a county, or counties, within a map of Georgia will apply that selection to the page just as the County filter would.
Clicking on a visual will bring up a window providing further selection options. Any selections will be highlighted, and they are applied to the page by using the green confirmation button. Using the red cancel selection button will close the filter selection popup without applying any selections to the page. The clear selection option will clear the selections made without closing the filter. The lasso selection tool allows selections to be made by clicking and drawing to connect desired elements. Any loops closed with the lasso selection active will result in the selection of all elements within the closed loop. Some visuals can be adjusted using the mouse wheel to zoom in or out, scroll up or down, or rotate features.