What is broadband?

Broadband is the transmission of wide bandwidth data over a high-speed internet connection. 

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the definition of broadband internet is a minimum of 25 megabytes-per-second (Mbps) download and 3Mbps upload speeds. Broadband provides high-speed internet access via multiple types of technologies, including fiber optics, wireless, cable, DSL and satellite (Federal Communications Commission, 2015).

Why is broadband important?

Access to high-speed, reliable internet has revolutionized various industry sectors and is a necessity in the modern world. Broadband access has ushered in advances in health care, public safety, energy, government, education, economic and workforce development, and transportation technologies. Rural internet access allows residents to participate in economic and social life without having to travel long distances for basic services or opportunities enjoyed by urban and suburban residents. 

Don't have broadband or know someone who doesn't have it?

Please consider visiting the FCC National Broadband Map and submitting an availability challenge. Links for these are available below in the Resources section.  You may also contact the Centre County Planning and Community Development Office at (814) 355-6791 between 8:30 am and 5 pm EST Monday through Friday, or email us at

The National Broadband Map Challenge is open through January 13, 2023. Learn more


FCC National Broadband Map
How to Submit an Availability Challenge
How to Submit a Location Challenge

Reference List

Federal Communications Commission. (2015). 2015 broadband progress report