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Broadband Availability Mapping

February 16, 2011 NTIA releases their National Broadband Map.
February 1, 2011 MEGIS releases a beta version of the Maine Broadband Viewer to the ConnectME Authority for testing. The viewer will be shown at the February 25 ConnectME meeting.
September 27, 2010 NTIA awarded Maine an additional $1.3M for the broadband mapping project. The funding will extend the data through years 3-5 of the project, and provide $325K to MEGIS for development of address and parcel data.

MEGIS involvement in broadband mapping
MEGIS has been instrumental in the success of Maine's broadband mapping program, administered through the ConnectME Authority, and under contract to James W. Sewall Company. This project has brought over $3 million to Maine to help map the availability of public broadband access, and to help citizens connect with broadband providers in their area.
Historically, MEGIS helped to produce the earliest versions of broadband maps in Maine several years ago, when availability was mapped at the town level, and an ArcIMS-based web site allowed simple visualization of the data.
Today the project is much bigger than that, with Maine-based firm Sewall managing the mapping of data to the address level for broadband availability. The project is funded by a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). MEGIS has helped with project scoping, vendor selection, and project overview. Additionally, MEGIS is developing the online broadband mapping viewer for ConnectME, and administering a $325K portion for roads and parcel data development.
Broadband viewer
The broadband viewer, when completed, will let a user query an address or zoom to an area on the map and see what level of broadband is available. The viewer may also be able to get provider contact information.