NTIA Awards More Broadband Mapping Funds

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The National Telecommunications & Information Administration has awarded another approximately $13.5 million in broadand mapping funds to seven more states.

That brings the total to 15 states that have received broadband stimulus mapping money from NTIA, which has handled applications from all 50 states, five territories and D.C.

The newest additions to the list are Alabama, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Grantees are required to collect and verify speed and location of broadband in their states. The data will be used to create state maps as well as an interactive national map of broadband availability.

NTIA has to have that map ready by February 2011.

NTIA expects to hand out about $100 million over the next two years. So far, it has given out a little over a quarter of that ($27.7 million) to its 15 grantees, according to agency spokeswoman Jessica Schafer.