On July 1, 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) grant program. The SBDD initiative is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which provides a means by which states can create a broadband inventory map through a federally-funded program. As you are well aware, the SBDD program began at the same time as the BIP and BTOP programs.
The data collected from broadband providers will result in two distinctive sets of deliverables: (i) illustrative maps depicting broadband service as commissioned by the state; and (ii) a tab delimited data file to be provided to and protected by NTIA. If you want to read more about NTIA's policies regarding confidential information, view the NOFA, NOFA clarification and FAQs at BroadbandUSA.
In order to promote the efficient creation of the state (and national) broadband maps, NTIA and RUS require that broadband Internet service providers, that apply for BIP or BTOP infrastructure grants, agree to provide data pursuant to the Technical Appendix (as revised). NTIA and RUS believe that the BIP and BTOP program's incentive structure should complement the goals of the state (and national) mapping efforts and that this requirement will further facilitate data collection.
The maps are now being updated on a semi-annual basis. However, providers are asked to respond as soon as possible in order to be included in the continued development of the statewide maps.
We welcome and encourage participation by all providers under these straightforward terms.
How do I participate?
Download the Connected Nation Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA). Next, fill in the date, the provider name and address on Page 1 of the NDA, and the signature block on Page 4.
Send the NDA, preferably via e-mail to email@example.com. If e-mail is unavailable, you may fax the NDA to (270) 781-7611. We will return a fully-executed NDA to you for your files.
Questions regarding the Nondisclosure Agreement should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.