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Word-Clouding the National Broadband Plan. For Some Reason.

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 17 2010

Credit: Wordle

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver recently had a neat post that made use of word clouds to visualize the differing tones of the Gallup survey responses of those Americans who are pro- and anti-health care reform. Around these parts, its raised the idea that the smart uses of word clouds are too few and far between. That, in turn, inspired the production of a word cloud of Connecting America, the national broadband plan released by the FCC yesterday. Frankly, this word cloud doesn't really seem to provide all that much insight into that document. But it did take quite a while to feed 360 pages of report text into the Wordle engine. So here you go.