Federal officials Thursday released their interactive online map of Internet access around the country, promising to provide new ammunition to all sides in the debate over national broadband deployment, National Journal Daily reported.
The map has been much anticipated and already hotly debated, with Republicans criticizing the Obama administration for allocating economic stimulus money for broadband build-out without the map, and consumer advocacy groups insisting the map will back up their claims that Internet service providers are gaming the system.
Among the key findings laid out in the map and a companion report: Between 5 percent and 10 percent of Americans still lack access to basic broadband. But overall access to high-speed Internet continues to grow, with 68 percent of Americans within reach of broadband technology. To read more, click here. (Subscription required)