BroadbandNow Releases New Open Data Set for Microsoft & ODI Education Open Data Challenge


BroadbandNow, where millions of consumers find and compare local internet service providers, announced this week the release of an open data set on local broadband availability, pricing and competition. This data is being released in partnership with Microsoft and the Open Data Institute’s Education Open Data Challenge, which seeks to better understand the relationship of broadband penetration and education in the U.S.

The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted learning for more than 1.6 billion children and youth worldwide. Educators and research organizations all over the world are trying to understand the impact that this move will have on the world’s most vulnerable learners

BroadbandNow, Microsoft and the ODI are encouraging teams that wish to participate in the challenge to help generate innovative solutions to close the digital divide in K-12 education. The winning team will be invited to elect a non-profit organization of their choice to receive a £50,000 award, with the runners-up electing non-profit organizations of their choice to receive £30,000 and £20,000 awards. The challenge is open to teams and individuals based globally. 

“We are thrilled to participate in providing data for the Open Data Challenge and look forward to discoveries made by the participants,” said John Busby, Managing Director of BroadbandNow. ”Access to affordable broadband internet is crucial to education and digital equity.”

For more information about the challenge and how to participate, click here.