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ID Insight, Inc. Announces Development of First National Database of Broadband Access and Internet Usage Data

ID Insight, Inc. Announces Development of First National Database of Broadband Access and Internet Usage Data

Database will enable companies to participate in $7.2 billion broadband stimulus package

NORTHFIELD, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ID Insight, Inc., today announced the development of the first database for every state in the union that shows broadband connectivity and internet usage, down to the Census Block Number Level. Broadband DBsm provides access to the data that is required in order to receive stimulus grant monies from the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus package that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Broadband DB was developed by a unique analytical survey process accessing the millions of records in ID Insight’s proprietary databases. By combining known internet access usage and information with address related data, the Broadband DBsm database allows users to see internet connectivity and usage at the most granular address level. This is one of the key requirements to receive federal broadband grants.

“This is a very important development in the Obama administration’s objective to bring internet access to people everywhere”, says ID Insight’s President Adam Elliott. “Communities, carriers and states have been starving for this data and we are excited that we have developed the fist such national database of its kind. By creating a level playing field through the use of data and analytics, we see the opportunity for communities and service providers to gain access to grant monies that may have otherwise been impossible.”

With Broadband DB, communities and companies are able to meet the broadband connectivity and internet usage requirements to request grants from the stimulus package. The first grant application to receive funding was on August 20, 2009. There will be two additional rounds of funding with all funding distributed by September 30, 2010. In addition to the funding grants, part of the overall stimulus funding has been set aside for states to pursue the development of the data needed to meet this requirement. ID Insight is currently licensing the data and information to companies, states and communities that need this as part of their grant application process.

For more information about Broadband DB, please contact Lee Runzheimer, ID Insight, Inc., at or (877)-749-8731.

About ID Insight (

ID Insight, the innovator in Access-Point Intelligence, knows more about people and their access points- physical addresses, phone numbers and other points where fraud occurs — than any other identity-fraud risk-assessment company. Based in Northfield, MN, the company combines its massive collection of data on people and access points with patent-pending analytics to help companies prevent fraud, reduce costs and capture more business. ID Insight provides next-generation verification, authentication, and fraud solutions to financial services companies, credit issuers, retailers, online merchants and wireless providers nationwide.


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