Connected Nation Marks GIS Day by Showing Impact of Technology

Story Map Highlights How Technology Programs Are Making a Difference

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GIS Day gives us another opportunity to highlight the successes we’ve had while looking ahead to the work that still needs to be done. GIS mapping of broadband is an essential piece of bridging the digital divide in our nation.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

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Today is GIS Day, an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. In celebration of that event, Connected Nation is releasing an Esri story map of its programs through the years.

“GIS Day gives us another opportunity to highlight the successes we’ve had while looking ahead to the work that still needs to be done,” said Connected Nation President and COO Tom Ferree. “GIS mapping of broadband is an essential piece of bridging the digital divide in our nation. A real-time geographical picture of broadband availability helps industry, government, and communities effectively invest in broadband expansion where it is needed most.”

From state-based technology planning and mapping programs to national educational technology initiatives, Connected Nation has partners in all sectors including libraries, schools, state and local governments, large technology companies, and small businesses. Connected Nation’s impact on the adoption, access, and use of technology across the nation is vast.

Since day one, Connected Nation has been a leader in GIS technology as it has leveraged it to build out comprehensive broadband maps for states across the country. In October, Connected Nation submitted its 8th round of data for ten states and territories to the NTIA as part of the State Broadband Initiative grant program that generates the National Broadband Map. New analyses from that submission are also being published in those states today.

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About Connected Nation: Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans. Connected Nation effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and related technologies by developing coalitions of influencers and enablers for improving technology access, adoption, and use. Connected Nation works with consumers, community leaders, states, technology providers and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. http://www.connectednation.org.

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