BroadbandCensus.com Transcript of NTIA Mapping Workshop

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content July 27th, 2009

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WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration held a workshop, via webinar, on Friday, July 24, from 1 p.m. ET to 2:45 p.m. The two NTIA officials on the call, Edward “Smitty” Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, and Anne Neville, focused on the nuts and bolts of the $240 available for broadband data and mapping. And they answered dozens of questions about the program.

NTIA’s Broadband Mapping Online Workshop
Friday, July 24, 1 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ET

Officials: Edward (“Smitty”) Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program; and Anne Neville, NTIA

Smith or Nevile:

We head up the NTIA’s National Broadband Mapping Program. If you have questions about the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, we will not be answering any questions on BTOP during this call. Please visit Broadbandusa.gov for further information.

We will also be providing a transcript of this call on NTIA’s web site.

The statutory authority for [the broadband mapping program comes from] the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act, which was passed unanimously [in October 2008].

[They refer to] Section 6001(1) of the ARRA, and to the state broadband data and development program included in the BDIA.

The statutory authority comes from two sources. [The NTIA must] develop and maintain, and to post by February 17, 2011, [a national broadband map.] This originates in BDIA.

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