Mapping the areas where Americans have access to various broadband internet services and making this information publicly available are key steps in closing the digital divide, said attendees of a Sept. 26 broadband policy summit held in Washington, D.C.--yet current federal policies prohibit the release of this information.

Affordable broadband access for all Americans will open up opportunities for education and economic development that currently aren't available to all citizens, participants said. To help meet this goal, about 50 policy makers and broadband experts met during the Broadband Census for America Conference to discuss ways to better collect and share public data


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