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Connected Nation Showcases New Interactive Mapping Tool at State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Importance of Innovative Broadband Data and Analysis Tools Featured at the 13th Annual Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition and 6th Annual State of the Net Conference

Jim Geringer (former Governor of Wyoming) and Randy Frantz of ESRI viewing BroadbandStat at Tuesday’s kickoff reception.

Washington, D.C. –Today, Connected Nation and ESRI, a market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, joined forces to demonstrate the latest in broadband mapping technology at the State of the Net Conference hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC).

Called BroadbandStat, the new interactive mapping platform created by Connected Nation and ESRI is a multi-functional, user-friendly way for local leaders, policymakers, consumers, and technology providers to devise a plan for the expansion and adoption of broadband.

Former Wyoming Governor Jim
Geringer, Director of Policy and Public Sector Strategies at ESRI, served as one of the conference panelists and talked about the important benefits of proper broadband data and analysis tools.

“The common underpinning of all activities — economic, social, or health — is people connecting with other people and that activity doesn’t happen without broadband,” he said at Tuesday’s kickoff reception. “You will never understand how much information is in the world until you can connect with broadband. Broadband mapping —or showing who is connecting and who is not — is just the first step.”

BroadbandStat uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to enable a user to build and evaluate broadband expansion scenarios that incorporate data such as education and population demographics, current broadband speeds, and availability and research about adoption barriers. Results are displayed on a Web-based interactive map. The broadband-related data can be used for grant writing, broadband investment, and economic development, and it gives the public the ability to find information about broadband providers down to the street level.

REPLACE_THIS_TEXT_WITH_OPENING_IMAGE_TAG style="MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 320px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 213px; CURSOR: hand" border="0" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/blog/connected-nation-showcases-new/Leahy1-717834.jpg">Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) welcomes attendees to the Congressional Internet Caucus Kickoff Reception and Technology Policy Exhibition.

Michael Ramage, Executive Director for Connected Tennessee, a Connected Nation state-based initiative, previewed BroadbandStat last night at the 13th Annual Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition prior to the conference.

“BroadbandStat is literally going to change the face of broadband expansion in Tennessee,” Ramage said. “Providers and citizens alike will now have a crystal-clear picture of exactly where broadband exists and where it does not, with exhaustive information and intricate detail. We feel that BroadbandStat puts Tennessee at an advantage over other states in the arena of broadband expansion and are pleased to be able to provide this tool for Tennesseans to access broadband data on a whole new level.”

BroadbandStat will soon be available on the Connected Tennessee website, Ramage said.

In addition to Tennessee, 11 more states and the territory of Puerto Rico will be using BroadbandStat to organize the results of data they are currently collecting on available broadband services. This activity is supported by State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program funds that are made available through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for improving broadband accessibility across the nation.

State of the Net Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill. It is the largest information technology policy conference in the U.S.

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