American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
The ARRA appropriated $7.2 billion for the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access and adoption in communities across the U.S., which will increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits.
CIT is Virginia’s designated entity for ARRA mapping and planning activities. As such, CIT was awarded $8.1 million for the mapping of broadband availability and various implementation initiatives which are outlined below.
Broadband Mapping: CIT, with the assistance of Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) and Virginia Tech, is collecting currently existing broadband data in order to map the availability of broadband across the Commonwealth. Check out the Virginia Broadband Availability Map at http://mapping.vita.virginia.gov/broadband/
Health IT Assessment: CIT is conducting an annual assessment of broadband availability and usage at healthcare facilities across the Commonwealth in order to develop a better understanding of current connectivity across the healthcare provider universe and to create a link between broadband connection and Health IT implementation. Check out the results at http://www.wired.virginia.gov/broadband_health_it.shtml
Ecommerce Assessment: CIT is conducting an annual assessment of how businesses, organizations, and individuals use and benefit from broadband. The ecommerce assessment also assesses the impact of Virginia broadband investments, identify gaps in broadband access and use, and the availability of necessary broadband capacity, services, and economic growth support. Check out the Virginia Ecommerce Maps at http://otpba.vi.virginia.gov/broadband_ecommerce.shtml