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Sometimes when visiting (or moving) to a city, you need to find out your broadband options. For whatever the reason, maybe it's for work, school or your Netflix queue, you need broadband and you need it now.

Now you have a tool to search for broadband access by location. The national broadband map provides detailed coverage of "broadband access in every American community."

I've only glanced at the national data, and haven't looked up any local information yet, so I can't come up with any real review of the site. But reading comments from other tech sites and blogs, some have reported that the map may not be completely accurate when reporting broadband speeds.

A little more information on the map:

"The nation's first national broadband map shows that between 5 percent and 10 percent of the U.S. population lacks access to broadband that supports basic applications, including downloading Web pages, photos and video, said the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The NTIA released the map in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

The broadband map was developed using open-source software such as the OpenGEO Suite and WordPress, and the agencies will make the map's APIs (application programming interfaces) available to all developers and entrepreneurs who want to offer services tied to the map, NTIA and FCC officials said. The agencies will update the data in the map every six months, and the map includes a feature where users can report information about broadband providers in their area." [Source:]

To view the map click here: National Broadband Map