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Arizona receives broadband mapping grant

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded 15 grants Tuesday to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Arizona and 13 other states plus Puerto Rico.

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

The data will be displayed in NTIA’s national broadband map, a tool that will inform policy makers’ efforts and provide consumers with improved information on the broadband Internet services available to them.

NTIA awarded the Arizona Government Information Technology Agency $1.8 million for broadband data collection and mapping activities over a two-year period, and nearly $500,000 for broadband planning activities over a three-year period in Arizona.

NTIA received applications representing all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia to participate in the program. Twenty-one grants had previously been announced under this program and the agency expects to continue announcing awards over the coming weeks.

Besides Arizona, the other states winning grants were Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and the territory of Puerto Rico.

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