Friday, February 18, 2011

Somehow This Happened...

In addition to the $293,000,000 in grants to collect geographic data on broadband coverage, $20,000,000 went into showing that data on a map.  You can see it for yourself here:

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Funds for map were provided through the 2009 Recovery Act, President Obama's economic stimulus package. That legislation provided $350 million for the creation of a national broadband inventory map. Of that, NTIA doled out $293 million in grants to all 50 states, the territories, and Washington, D.C., which was used to collect the data for the existing map and will be used over the next five years for updates. Another $20 million was provided to the FCC, which used most of it on contractors who built the map.
All told, the five-year cost of the map is about $200 million, said Larry Strickling, assistant secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within Commerce.

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