October 6, 2009

Internet Map

Indiana, California, North Carolina and Vermont will receive from 1 to 2 million dollars each of Federal money, borrowed from China and to be paid back by some future generation to be named later.  Every state submitted requests for this money, but these four will be first to receive it and use it to create a map of where high speed Internet is available within their borders.

"Broadband will bring many benefits to the Nation, such as job creation and innovation, but these benefits have been delayed by the lack of comprehensive, reliable data on the availability of broadband service," said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling.

Why will it take millions of dollars to find out where Broadband Internet is available?  This is one of the first questions people ask Realtors when home shopping and the information seems to be readily available to all.  A simple Google search revealed this map, for example, which shows Indiana has great coverage... good enough coverage that a map is hardly needed.

Question:  Just what will the government do with a map identifying Indiana homes with broadband Internet?

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