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States Seek to Engage in Broadband Data and Mapping

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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2009 – The federal government’s Commerce Department is at least one month off from finalizing the rules that will govern the broadband stimulus funds. But that isn’t stopping an array of states from getting started on a variety of broadband data projects.

The state of Maine’s ConnectME Authority Request for Proposal (RFP) is due on Tuesday. The RFP calls for a contractor to develop a “geographic statewide inventory of ‘wired’ (i.e. DSL, cable modem, fiber) and ‘fixed-wireless’ high speed internet service to identify where current terrestrial broadband service and infrastructure exists and does not exist at a street-level of detail.”

The Maine effort is one of dozens by states seeking to get a handle on broadband data – which many observers believe will be vital for public and private entities seeking to utilize federal broadband stimulus dollars.

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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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