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The Week Ahead: State's Rights

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From Weekly Report

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Telecommunication and Information Administration views the $240 million that it is awarding in broadband data and mapping grants as a responsibility of state governments, and expects them to be integrally involved in the process.

In fact, even when a state government selects an independent, non-profit entity to be its designee for the purposes of the grants, “we really want to see how the state continues its active role both in the mapping, and the planning grant,” said Anne Neville, an NTIA official on the broadband data program, speaking in a Friday webinar hosted by the agency.

“Given the inherently public policy nature of broadband planning, the states are absolutely the most appropriate entity to be involved,” added Edward “Smitty” Smith, program director of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.

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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 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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