ALL OVER THE MAP: NTIA wants the public to weigh in by July 16 with ideas on how to ensure the federal government is accurately measuring the number of Americans connected to the internet, David Redl, head of the Commerce Department agency, wrote Wednesday in a blog post : “We want to know how the government can better identify areas that need broadband investments, so that we can be sure any taxpayer funds supporting broadband infrastructure achieve the goal of ensuring connectivity to all Americans.” NTIA is returning to work on broadband mapping (after handing off its stewardship of the National Broadband Map to the FCC a few years back) and recently secured $7.5 million in funding for those efforts.
Source: POLITICO Morning Tech
According to the Federal Register:
Written comments may be submitted by email to mappingrfc@ ntia.doc.gov. Written comments may also be submitted by mail to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4887, Attn: Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, Washington, DC 20230. For more instructions about submitting comments, see the ‘‘Instructions for Commenters’’ section of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Extract of Federal Register with Instructions for Submitting Comments:fr-05302018-rfc-improving-broadband-data
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andy Spurgeon, tel.: (720) 389–4900, email: email@example.com, or Tim Moyer, tel.: (202) 482–6423, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002, or at email@example.com.
I am working on my comments for submission by 16 July, based on my GCBC mapping experiences and development of a Raspberry Pi Broadband Recorder, which is a data driven appraoch to validating broadband maps.