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American Samoa, Virginia Receive Mapping Money

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WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 – The Commerce Department this month announced it has awarded grants to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Virginia and American Samoa under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.

NTIA has awarded the American Samoa Office of the Governor approximately $558,000 for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and $500,000 for broadband planning activities over a two-year period in American Samoa, bringing the total grant award to approximately $1.1 million.

The Virginia Center for Innovative Technology received about $1.8 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period and $500,000 for broadband planning activities over a two-year period in Virginia, bringing the total grant award to approximately $2.3 million.

All data and mapping awardees, except the territorial governments in Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, are required to contribute at least 20 percent non-federal matching funds toward project costs.

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