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Montana latest state to build broadband coverage map

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The same company that helped Georgia and Alabama build their statewide broadband maps has contracted with the State of Montana to create its own map, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced on Monday.

Montana hired Lightbox, a New York City real estate data analytics firm, to collect and organize the state’s broadband coverage into a public-facing map that policymakers can use to direct broadband infrastructure funding. The state is ranked dead last in broadband access, according to BroadbandNow, with nearly 30% of the population lacking access to a wired broadband connection.

 

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LightBox CEO says more states, including Montana, are taking broadband mapping into their own hands

LightBox provides a geospatial mapping service and was previously tapped by officials in Georgia and Alabama to help create detailed broadband coverage maps. This week, Montana also selected LightBox to help it get a more accurate picture of the broadband landscape there.

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  1. Bill_Gillis on January 26, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    My caution having worked in this space for a number of years. States (Montana) should approach with caution. Lot of players in bb mapping space. But experience, especially with (rural states matters) as well as knowledge of the bb industry. This is more than putting data on a map. Industry and bb policy knowledge essential. Lowest cost bid not necessarily going to produce result.

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