Broadband News and Updates – National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s National Broadband Availability Map Hits New Milestones – Why Isn’t Montana Participating?

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Policy Corner:

By Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator performing the delegated duties of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information

I am excited to report on the continued growth of our National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM). As it currently stands, 22 states are partnering with NTIA to bring extensive data visualization and analytics tools to bare in the fight to fill in the digital divide. Indiana, Georgia, Wyoming, and Washington State join the other 18 participating states that have announced since the launch of the NBAM. The NBAM combines federal, state, and private data to better inform broadband projects and funding decisions. To learn more about the project and to see if your state is among those participating, visit the NBAM page on our BroadbandUSA website.



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“What the FCC says is, if you can serve one person in a census block, that means you’re serving everybody in the census block.”


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Broadband News and Updates

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State News

·         Idaho: Idaho Commerce Announces Broadband Grant Review Committee

·          Illinois: State of Illinois Announces $300,000 Public Private Investment to Support Community Driven Broadband Plans

·         Maine: Mainers Vote Overwhelmingly Approve Broadband, Transportation Bonds

·         Missouri: Missouri Announces $50 Million Program for Broadband Expansion, Including Telehealth

·         New Jersey: Governor Murphy Unveils Plan to Address Digital Divide Ahead of 2020-2021 School Year

·         New York: Niagara, Orleans Counties Expanding Wi-Fi Hotspots

·         Ohio: Ohio Advances Plan for First State Broadband Grant Program

·         Pennsylvania: Rural Broadband Tops Pennsylvania Legislative Agenda

·         South Dakota: South Dakota Gains Ground on Better Broadband

·         Washington: $18 Million Available to Bring Broadband to Unserved Washington Communities

·         Wisconsin: Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order Creating Task Force on Broadband Access


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BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series

BroadbandUSA will not be hosting a webinar in August. The next webinar will be on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2 pm ET. Stay tuned for more information!

Visit our Webinar Archives for past presentations, transcripts and audio recordings.


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