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Comments on news posted 2009-06-03 12:06:34: As we've frequently discussed, a broadband mapping organization by the name of Connected Nation stands to grab a huge chunk of the government's new $300 million budget set aside for broadband mapping. ..

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Gainfully employed, finally
Saint Louis, MO
reply to 88615298

Re: 95% can be real if... it determines what 95% coverage is.

said by 88615298:

Is this detailed enough for you?

According to their metadata, that's just 2000 census info. Very out of date.
Here's something interesting though...
This is from their map server. Looks like ConnectTn is a lot more than ConnectTn.

Snohomish, WA
reply to PhoenixDown

Re: This needs to be done by the census bureau.

It would be nice if it was part of the census, and next year would be the time to do it, with the added GPS data this year would make great mapping of the existing availablity................... Unfortunately the Census questionaires/questions/methodology was locked in a couple years ago No way (for political and methodology reasons ) there is no chance to add even 3 simple question
1) do you have Broadband available?
2) do you subscribe?
3) how much and what speed? (ok it's really 4 questions )
which would give a guesstimate of coverage/speed/useage/ desirability
it might take several dozen questions, rotated on different forms to be a truely valid statistical analsys, but any info would be a start (for various reasons people sometimes give less than truthful/accurate answers, soe because they want to say what they think you want to hear, some to steer an agenda, some to "confuse da gubberment". )

The other downside of the census is that it takes YEARS, to get meaningful data back, beyond the basic "we think there are X million people and we think they live at so and so"

At that rate any data gained would be well out of date, before it's released.
What is needed here is a much faster system, likely a private contractor/polling/ survey to provide a large, independant, audited survey with verifiable results within 6 months.


Land O Lakes, FL
reply to ropeguru

Re: There is no more money..

I propose calling it the DMVC (Democrat's Motor Vehicle Collective)

reply to 88615298

Re: does anyone bother to check anything

The data does not belong to everyone according to ConnectedMN. I requested the map files for our county and was told that the data was proprietary and, due to agreements with the providers, was not available.