On December 3, 2010, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a request for the assistance of academic researchers to assess broadband availability data gathered in connection with the development of an interactive National Broadband Map. The National Broadband Map will be released by February 17, 2011, and will include data collected from all 50 states, four territories, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Data will include the number of broadband providers serving each area, available broadband speeds, and the types of technology used to provide broadband service. NTIA is offering researchers early access to selected portions on the condition that any analyses be completed by the end of January 2011. NTIA plans to present the analyses provided by the researchers when the National Broadband Map is published.
Interested researchers will be required to enter into a Joint Project Agreement with the Department of Commerce, and will be required to allow NTIA to copy, distribute, and display the analyses. However, the researchers retain all other rights to the materials produced. Researchers must maintain confidentiality of the data from the National Broadband Map and their analyses until the National Broadband Map is unveiled. NTIA will not provide funding for these reviews. More information can be found here.