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By 23 March 2011 No Comment

Challenges in Using the National Broadband Map’s Data
George S. Ford, PhD
Phoenix Center
March 2011

Ford takes a look at the information gathered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration after the goals set by 2009′s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Ford says that the data gathered will allow for the quantification of socio-economic factors and broadband availability across the nation.

Even though he feels that the NTIA should be praised in their efforts, there is concern that the mapping data carries with it errors, and there is more concern that there even exists errors yet to be discovered.  Ford feels that mapping data “should be viewed with skepticism” until some of the problems can be discovered and remedied over time.

Ford concludes that until measurement errors and sample selection errors can be worked out by researchers over the coming months and years, that it would be wise for the time being that the NTIA data was not used as hard and fast evidence in directing policy goals.

You can read the full paper here.

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