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NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative and the Illinois Broadband Map

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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, May 4, 2011 – Later today, at 2 p.m. CT, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois will kick off our “Wednesday Webinar” series, beginning with a discussion about the Illinois Broadband Map. Registration for this event is free.

PCI feels so passionately about the Illinois Broadband Map because data and information should be central to helping promote sound policies, and because evidence suggests that broadband is a key driver of job creation and economic activity.

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Kansas Governor Establishes a Broadband Advisory Task Force

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WASHINGTON July 19, 2010 – Governor Mark Parkinson has established a 24 member advisory group to work with Connect Kansas to implement various broadband initiatives. The new group, called the Kansas Broadband Advisory Task Force, will develop a set of recommendations to help support statewide availability in accordance to the National Broadband Plan. The state has yet to receive any grants from the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program but it did receive $2 million to conduct mapping activities.

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Broadband Stimulus to Lose $602 Million

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WASHINGTON July 2, 2010- The House Appropriations Committee torescind $602 million from Commerce and Agriculture Department broadband stimulus programs. The two departments had to share $7.2 billion for the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program, Broadband Investment Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act.

Every Department will have some of its funding cut in order to pay for the additional $75 billion being spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Overall the House Appropriations committee plans to cut $11.7 billion.

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Oklahoma Announces Broadband Initiative

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WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 –Oklahoma has announced its broadband initiative which will consist of two phases; the first phase will be mapping and data collection with the second phase consisting of broadband expansion.

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Connected Texas Previews New Mapping Utility

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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Connected Texas, a subsidiary of the national group Connected Nation, held a web conference today to give a demonstration of its new broadband mapping technology. The conference was hosted by Connected Texas Staff Member Wes Kerr, who walked the audience through the demonstration, and fielded questions once it had concluded.

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NTIA Awards 5 More Broadband Mapping Grants; Total to 41 States is $78 Million

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WASHINGTON, December 31, 2009 – The Commerce Department agency responsible for the mapping component of the broadband stimulus program announced, on the last day of the year, that it had funded five more states’ broadband data programs.

With the announcement – of funding for broadband data and mapping in Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and the U.S. Virgin Islands – the National Telecommunications and Information Administration has awarded 41 grants totaling $78 million.

There remain 15 awards still to be made – rounding out the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories that submitted applications and are eligible for grant funding.

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BroadbandCensus.com Offers Strategic Broadband Mapping Solution for State Designated Entities

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WASHINGTON, December 14, 2009 – Broadband Census Data announced the availability of highly granular Census block mapping services to state recipients of broadband mapping grants. BroadbandCensus.com provides the information necessary for states to meet grant obligations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Seven More States Awarded Broadband Data and Mapping Grants By NTIA; Total is 15

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WASHINGTON, November 9, 2009 – On Friday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced seven new state recipients of the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. These grants fund state efforts to map broadband availability and speeds. Each state was asked to pick a designated entity – either a state body or a non-profit organization – that would develop a plan for how broadband mapping would be conducted.

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FCC Restricts Disclosure of 'Confidential' and 'Highly Confidential' Information

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WASHINGTON, October 12, 2009 – The Federal Communication Commission last week issued an order allowing it to restrict the disclosure of information deemed proprietary or confidential in the creation of a national broadband plan.

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Connected Nation Denied Spot on List of First Broadband Data and Mapping Grants

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WASHINGTON, October 12, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration last week awarded the first four broadband data and mapping grants to organizations that are not Connected Nation.

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