Municipal broadband and wireless map

CNet, back when it did it’s article on municipal broadband, produced a nifty map of all the public municipal telecom projects in the country. It was a great idea. Trouble was it wasn’t all that accurate on day one and rapidly became outdated to the point of being misleading.

It was a poster child for the consistent web problem of not updating or taking down pages with rapidly changing data.

That’s changed–at least for now. The page has been updated, it appears to be basically accurate about what it references for those areas that I know something about (for instance Louisiana is now listed as a state with a restrictive law and it catches some obscure rural wifi attempts). And, happily, the page now contains a “last updated” tagline which will allow future users who stumble across it to know the age of the data.

Take a look, you’ll be surprised at how many projects there are…not everyone is willing to wait for the big boys to come in to offer the service they need.