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untitledThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) generates millions of documents regarding its regulation of television, radio, telecommunications, satellite and cable, but much of that information was not always readily accessible to the public nor easily understood.

As the FCC’s geographic information officer, Michael Byrne helped change this landscape, creating online maps and presenting data in ways that have made enormous amounts of information instantly available to consumers, citizen-activists and policymakers, and provided the business community with facts to make more informed commercial decisions.

Byrne’s signature accomplishment is the National Broadband Map, an interactive and searchable online map showing broadband availability nationwide, in many cases in block-by-block detail. The data, based on more than 25 million records gathered from each state and updated every six months, allows consumers to search by address to find the fastest Internet service provider to serve their homes.

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