EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. (EA), a leading provider of environmental, engineering, geospatial and infrastructure support services, announced May 7 it has been awarded a contract to accurately map existing broadband facilities throughout the state of Rhode Island. The contract, with an initial value of $551,384, was awarded through a competitive procurement process by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).
As part of government efforts to develop, improve and expand broadband access and services, funding for this contract is being provided by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA’s) State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, part of the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act of 2009. Under this contract, EA is responsible for ensuring all public and private broadband provider facilities within Rhode Island are accurately provided to NTIA for use in analyzing future infrastructure grants and for display purposes on NTIA’s national broadband map.
As part of the broadband map development process, Rhode Island residents are encouraged to visit BroadbanRI.gov and test their Internet speed. This will allow measurement of current internet speed throughout the state and verification of data being collected for the map. The portal within the Web site is an interactive mapping tool providing residents with viewing and query capabilities of the collected broadband data.
About EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management solutions to a wide range of government and industrial clients. Headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, EA employs more than 450 professionals through a network of 21 offices across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. In business for more than 37 years, EA has earned an outstanding reputation for technical expertise, responsive service, and judicious use of client resources.
About the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
The RIEDC’s mission is to create jobs, help companies expand and develop their workforce, and identify opportunities to bring new companies into the state. RIEDC received a $1.5 million federal grant to develop and manage the Rhode Island piece of the national broadband map. The grant consists of $1 million for broadband mapping over a 2-year period and $500,000 for broadband planning over a 5-year period. The mapping funds will be used to generate data which will be contributed to the national map and also create a state map that charts broadband coverage in Rhode Island. The planning funds will be used to address public awareness and education about broadband and study and develop plans to increase adoption rate and broadband usage.