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WASHINGTON, May 11, 2009 – Over the course of about three months, the dialogue about high-speed internet connectivity went from the general to the specific. Now one strand of debate is heading into generalities, even abstractions.

This is going on even as the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration meets with key players. The most recent entities to make ex parte presentations at the NTIA include broadband officials from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and the cities of Chicago and New York. They highlighted the importance of states and cities in broadband mapping and in deploying broadband infrastructure.

Others with recent meetings at the NTIA include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Marshall County (Indiana), a coalition of broadband diversity supporters, and three organizations proposing methodologies for selecting grant applicants: the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Empiris, and David N. Townsend and Associates.

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Drew Clark is the Editor and Publisher of and President of the Rural Telecommunications Congress. He is an attorney who works with cities, communities and companies to promote the benefits of internet connectivity. The articles and posts on and affiliated social media, including the BroadbandCensus Twitter feed are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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