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