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April 8, 2009 2:25 AM

Broadband Map? Makes Me Want to Take a Nap . . . Instead, Let's Make It a Treasure Map!

It's been said that, "[a] movie scene depicting Chuck Norris losing a fight with Bruce Lee was the product of history's most expensive visual effect. When adjusted for inflation, the effect cost more than the Gross National Product of Paraguay."  If this is true, and I'm not saying it isn't, history's second most expensive visual effect might be the $350 million broadband map that the NTIA is charged with creating under the ARRA See p. 14.  In all the discussions of how to spend the broadband stimulus money, very little attention has been devoted to what is potentially "history's second most expensive visual effect."  I'm not saying the broadband map is destined to earn this title, but the NTIA and the FCC owe the broadband map some thoughtful, up-front attention--even before money starts to be distributed--in order to maximize the broadband stimulus grants.  However, it's easy for me to say the map deserves some serious attention, but the real question here is how do you make a map produce $350 million in value to American taxpayers?


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