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It's Not About Maps, It's About the Data

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As part of the broadband stimulus program, a sizable amount of grant money enabled states to create broadband coverage maps. Gigabit Nation listeners get a progress briefing from the NTIA's point person on broadband mapping and availability, Anne Neville, Director, State Broadband Initiative. Some of the topics covered are:   
* what have we learned from these mapping efforts
* what progress is being made in U.S. broadband availability
* are there challenges that remain
* besides determining broadband coverage, can these maps serve other purposes
As the funding for mapping projects expire at the end of 2014, states and local communities need to begin preparing now for the transition. This interview explores how states can get ahead of the curve and take some steps to ensure they continue to gather the data necessary to make good broadband decisions.