Colorado gets stimulus money for broadband mapping

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The National Telecommunications and Information Agency has awarded Colorado about $1.6 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities.

The grant includes $500,000 for broadband planning activities during a five-year period in Colorado, bringing the total grant award to approximately $2.1 million.

The grant was one of several awarded to pay for broadband mapping and planning activities in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri under NTIA’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program.

The program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will increase broadband access and adoption through improved data collection and broadband planning.

Fifteen grants have already been announced under this program, and the agency will continue to announce awards over the coming weeks, said Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickling.

So far applications from jurisdictions in all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia have been received.

“NTIA will continue to provide guidance to applicants where necessary to help them improve their proposed projects, so that all states and territories can soon participate in this initiative,” Strickling said.