Broadband Mapping Bill, Containing Child Internet Protection Amendments, Now In Effect

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On October 10, President Bush signed into law the ?Broadband Data Improvement Act,? designed to improve broadband data collection and promote the deployment of affordable broadband services. The Act imposes additional broadband fact-gathering and reporting obligations on the FCC as well as on the Census Bureau, the GAO, and the SBA, and establishes a Commerce Department grant program to develop statewide initiatives to identify barriers to broadband adoption. The Act also includes provisions of the ?Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act? that, in part, create a new public awareness campaign on Internet use by children.

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