More than $20 Million in U.S. Stimulus Funds Are Awarded to 10 States and Puerto Rico for GIS-Based Broadband Mapping and Planning Initiatives
Redlands, California—January 27, 2010—Ten U.S. states and one U.S. territory will soon launch comprehensive broadband mapping and planning initiatives based on ESRI’s geographic information system (GIS) technology. They will use BroadbandStat, an application developed by ESRI and Connected Nation, to organize and display broadband service and related data on the Internet.
The BroadbandStat application hosts interactive Web maps that show broadband coverage across U.S. states and incorporates other relevant data. It includes tools that use service provider and demographics data to identify unserved and underserved broadband areas with optimum potential for new broadband infrastructure development. Its Web capabilities enable a shared picture of broadband data and support transparency by giving the public access to the information.
The new state broadband mapping initiatives are supported by more than $20 million in State Broadband Data and Development Program grants recently announced by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
"These grant dollars are an investment in the future of Texas," said Texas agricultural commissioner Todd Staples in a press release on NTIA’s $2.5 million award to Texas. "Many communities do not have sufficient broadband service, which limits their abilities to attract new economic development opportunities. It is essential that families, schools, and businesses have high-speed Internet access that will open up the prospects for development."
Funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). More than $7 billion in ARRA stimulus funds have been designated to help expand broadband access in unserved and underserved communities across the United States. The NTIA grants were awarded to each state’s designated project entity, which in many cases is Connected Nation, a nonprofit corporation and leader in promoting broadband expansion. Awards include the following:
• Florida: $2.5 million, to Florida Department of Management Services
• Illinois: $1.8 million, to Partnership for a Connected Illinois
• Iowa: $2.2 million, to Connected Nation
• Michigan: $1.8 million, to Connected Nation
• Minnesota: $1.7 million, to Connected Nation
• Nevada: $1.4 million, to Connected Nation
• Ohio: $1.8 million, to Ohio Office of Information Technology
• Puerto Rico: $1.4 million, to Puerto Rico Office of the Chief Information Officer
• South Carolina: $1.7 million, to Connected Nation
• Tennessee: $1.8 million, to Connected Tennessee
• Texas: $2.5 million, to Connected Nation
For more information about ESRI’s BroadbandStat application, visit www.esri.com/bbstat.
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