Sunday, July 12, 2009

$350 Million for Broadband Mapping

The State Broadband Data Program under the Recovery Act requires that the National Telecommunications Information Agency (NTIA) within the Department of Commerce to develop and maintain a comprehensive and interactive national broadband mapping program.

Stimulus funding provides $350 million in grants to develop and maintain a broadband inventory map. NTIA expects grant awards to range between $1.9 million and $3.8 million per state for the mapping portion of each project. Up to $500,000 will be available for the planning portion of each project.

The State Broadband Data Program will fund projects to:

  • Gather comprehensive and accurate state-level broadband mapping data to be used to develop maps
  • Aid in the development and maintenance of a national broadband map
  • Fund statewide initiatives for broadband planning

The applications will be accepted from July 14th to August 14th and must be submitted to For more information, contact Edward “Smitty” Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program at 202-482-4949. The full announcement can be located at and in the July 8th Federal Register.