The California Public Utilities Commission has received $2.3 million in grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to map broadband use in the state. Other grant recipients are North Carolina’s Rural Economic Development Center which received $2 million; the Indiana Office of Technology ($1.3 million) and the the Vermont Center for Geographic Information ($1.2 million). Up to $350 million has been allocated to broadband mapping. According to the NTIA, these states’ applications stood out from the rest because they plan to get data from sources other than the usual suspects (incumbent telecom and cable operators), verify the data they collect, and collaborate with other state agencies.
The NTIA wants to put together a national broadband map to show areas where broadband is available, the type of technology used to provide the service (e.g. satellite, DSL, cable, fiber, WiMAX, etc.), speeds, and broadband availability at schools, hospitals, libraries, and public buildings. All states have applied for funds (see List of State Applicants (Acrobat PDF 242 Kb)).