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States Seek to Engage in Broadband Data and Mapping

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From BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report

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 Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund and wireless policy @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP, with offices in California and Washington, DC. He works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and coordinating efforts of the many partners necessary to construct broadband infrastructure and deploy “Smart City” applications. You can find him on LinkedIN and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media 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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