Sunday, July 27, 2008

USA - review of state's broadband initiatives

State Broadband Policy Survey

CostQuest Associates, a national telecommunications cost consulting and software firm, released the results of a 50 state survey it conducted in order to better understand the landscape of state policies developed to expand high-speed Internet availability. The survey shows that although most states have undertaken broadband initiatives, there is neither a single national model nor a consensus on best practices. CostQuest Associates conducted its survey to identify and track efforts in each of the 50 states to achieve broadband ubiquity. Among the key findings, CostQuest learned that at least 39 of the 50 states have some form of broadband initiative in place, either through legislation or through a more informal effort to increase broadband access. However, only 10 of the 50 states have undertaken
a definitive broadband mapping effort.

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