Wednesday, February 9, 2011

National Broadband Map To Be Unveiled Feb. 17

"Two years in the making, a national, interactive map that pinpoints which communities do -- or don't -- have access to broadband is set to be unveiled by the Commerce Department on Feb. 17. The map, required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is expected to play a critical role in guiding both the Federal Communications Commission and Congress on policymaking related to broadband deployment and adoption.

"A source tells National Journal that the map is expected to prove embarrassing to some major telecom carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, because it will highlight rural communities in their service territories that have been left high and dry without broadband connectivity."

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