Connected Nation launches mapping tool

In theory, the tool is supposed to help service providers get a better idea of where demand is growing and help businesses and residents make location decisions based on where broadband is available. Connected Nation says the interactive maps will show information about broadband providers, down to the street-by-street level.

One drawback: such a map will need to be updated regularly to prevent it from becoming obsolete in six months. It allows users to layer on different demographic data--such as age and income. As one critic mentioned in my earlier story, users also need to be able to layer on what types of service people hope to have in the future to help address demand issues.

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Connected Nation has so far been chosen by 12 states and one U.S. territory to create broadband coverage maps under the stimulus program.