[broadband census] One key area of the broadband stimulus package in which states are certain to have an impact is in the area of collecting and releasing information about local broadband deployment.
In this area, no state has advanced as far as fast as has Massachusetts, where Gov. Deval Patrick (D) signed legislation last August granting $40 million in bond authority for the state to ensure broadband connectivity to all parts of the Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute was originally set up to administer a state-only program with a strong focus in western Massachusetts. It now faces the prospect of accessing about five times that amount, based upon the hypothesis that state funds might well be able to serve as the 20 percent matching grant for federal stimulus funds.
Massachusetts Set to Unveil New Massachusetts Broadband Institute Web Site, Mapping Efforts
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