Scope of Work
Community Anchor Institutions
New York State is participating in a national program to map the availability of broadband, or high-speed Internet service. The program is part of a national effort administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). As part of this program, the NYS Office of Cyber Security (OCS) is tasked with gathering data about broadband services at Community Anchor Institutions. Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) are places where citizens who lack broadband at home can make use of the Internet or where a broadband connection is critical to the services they provide.
The data collected is required as part of OCS’s bi-annual data deliveries to the NTIA. Collecting data about the broadband services available at CAIs will help the state create a comprehensive map depicting locations where high speed Internet services are currently available, and where they are not.
Examples of Community Anchor Institutions include:
- Schools and Colleges
- Municipal Halls
- Police Stations
- Fire Stations
OSC has partnered with CTG to develop new online data collection strategy and forms to expand their outreach efforts for collecting data from community anchor institutions (CAI). This work is an extension of the NYS Broadband Speed Test project currently underway between CTG and OCS to collect broadband speed information from NYS residents.
CTG created a web form for users to answer 6 broad questions. Those questions are:
Why is this important?
- Does your institution have broadband service? (YES or NO)
- What is the name of your provider? (Reporting form provides a list of common providers to select from)
- What is your access type? (DSL, Cable, Fiber, etc.)
- What is your maximum download speed? (Check your provider statement for more information)
- What is your maximum upload speed? (Check your provider statement for more information)
- Does your institution provide Wi-Fi? (YES or NO)
By collecting this information, the state will create a comprehensive map depicting locations where high speed internet services are currently available, and where they are not. Participating in data collection of broadband service information will help to improve, enhance and better target broadband resources throughout the state.
As part of an outreach strategy, OCS has identified key agencies and organizations, as well as key contacts within those agencies/organizations, to participate in completing the CAI reporting form.
How are agencies/organizations selected?
Agencies/organizations are identified by OCS as a Community Anchor Institution (CAI), one of more than 10,000 in New York State. CAIs are places where citizens who lack broadband at home can make use of the Internet or a location where a broadband connection is critical to the services the organizations provides to the public.
How are Community Anchor Institution contacts identified?
Contacts for CAIs are identified by OCS based on qualifications, within an agency or organization, to answer the six questions on the CAI reporting form. Ideally, many of the questions outlined above may be answered by referring to the broadband provider statement. However, if you believe you are not qualified to fill-out the reporting form, we ask that you provide the name and up-to-date email of the individual you believe can to Megan Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why do contacts receive more than one request to complete the CAI reporting form?
A CAI contact may be a contact for one or more CAIs because they have been identified as a key contact for various agencies or organizations (e.g., for an elementary, middle and high school). If that is the case, they will receive multiple email messages regarding the CAI reporting form in which they are asked to complete a CAI reporting form for each CAI they were identified for.