Guam Awarded $1.5m for Broadband Mapping Program

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Guam – The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded has awarded $1,558,950 to One Economy Corporation to complete a broadband mapping program on Guam. 

According to a release from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo the grant is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will be administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The purpose of the grant is to assist in data collection, integration, and validation of broadband capabilities on Guam. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act directed the NTIA to develop and maintain a nationwide inventory map of broadband capability and availability.  According to NTIA, The National Broadband Map is scheduled to be completed by February 17, 2011, and the data gathered from the Guam study will be available to the public on-line once finished.

Bordallo is quoted in a release as saying that:

“The funding awarded today by the Department of Commerce will help to assess the availability and capacity of broadband technology on Guam. The Obama Administration and Secretary Locke have prioritized the increased availability of broadband technology nationwide, and this initiative will include Guam as part of a National Broadband Map.  I look forward to our community’s participation in these surveys and for the results once the National Broadband Map is complete.”