NTIA broadband planning grants continue to roll out

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced more grant awards to fund broadband mapping and planning in ten states.

The recipients were designated entities in Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

The biggest grant of the bunch went to Speed Matters partner Connected Nation in Texas. The award included $2.5 million for broadband data collection and nearly $500,000 for broadband planning, a total of approximately $3 million.

The award gives Texas the ability to create an expansive broadband map for the state.

"Broadband is a modern lifeline to quality jobs, information and vital services like interactive telemedicine and education," said Connected Nation CEO Brian R. Mefford, "Yet, thousands of Texas residents still have no access to affordable, high-speed Internet. Connected Texas is going to lay the foundation for broadband expansion across Texas."

The NTIA previously awarded two blocks of grants in December 2009. At this time, 39 states and two U.S. territories have been awarded Recovery Act funds for broadband planning in amounts ranging from $1 million to $40 million.

CWA will be closely tracking the effects of these grants on job creation.

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