The State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program is a competitive, merit-based matching grant program that implements the joint purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2008 (BDIA). The Program will provide approximately $240 million in grants to assist states or their designees to develop state-specific data on the deployment levels and adoption rates of broadband services.
The Program is being implemented by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in an effort to develop a national broadband inventory map, which would provide detailed data on broadband availability, type of technology, and advertised and actual delivered speed by census block. These data, including publicly available state-wide broadband maps, will also be used to develop the comprehensive, interactive national broadband map that NTIA is required by the Recovery Act to create and make publicly available by February 17, 2011.
As of September 9, 2009, NTIA had received applications representing all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia.