WASHINGTON, October 9, 2009 - An advisory board to the Federal Communications Commission consisting of state utility regulators has developed a new web portal for tracking and referencing broadband expansion projects nation-wide.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has allocated more than $7 billion towards broadband deployment and adoption projects, and the site, http://broadbandbestpractices.org, provides an easily searchable database for programs being established across the country.
Users of the site will be able to research different projects and add their own information to collaborate on letting the best projects rise to the top, said the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services in a press release. The site will be maintained by the National Regulatory Research Institute, an independent research agency specializing in utility regulation.
"BroadbandBestPractices.org will be the place to go for those responsible for pursuing greater broadband deployment in their State,” said NARUC President Frederick Butler. “The site will be an interactive, dynamic atmosphere that will embody the spirit of Web 2.0: Collaboration.”
And State Chair of the Joint Conference Larry Landis said the site will be a "crucial resource" for State commissions as they determine how best to utilize ARRA grants.
“The intent is to provide a State regulator, State agency staff member, or other organization seeking to undertake a new broadband program a venue to compare and contrast projects that are already in existence," said D.C. Public Service Commission chair Betty Ann Kane, who spearheaded the project. "BroadbandBestPractices.org will be open, transparent, and accessible to anyone who is interested in bringing high-quality broadband services to all Americans.
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