Jan. 13, 2010
GOVERNOR BARBOUR ANNOUNCES AWARDING OF FEDERAL BROADBAND GRANT TO MISSISSIPPI
Governor Haley Barbour announced today the federal government has awarded Mississippi nearly $2 million in grants for broadband mapping and planning activities.
Channeled through the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the funding will be used to collect and verify the availability, speed, and location of broadband – essentially high-speed Internet access – across the state. The work will be conducted on a semi-annual basis between 2009 and 2011, providing clear and accessibly formatted data to the public, government, and the research community.
“My administration has placed extra emphasis on attracting high-technology jobs to Mississippi,” Governor Barbour said. “The data gathered under this grant will provide prospective manufacturers and businesses looking for a new home in Mississippi with critical information they’ll need to choose a location that best suits their broadband needs.”
The State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program is a matching grant program that implements the joint purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA). States are required to contribute at least 20 percent non-federal matching funds toward project costs.
The NTIA is required to produce a comprehensive, interactive, and searchable national broadband map available to the public February 17, 2011.