18 Jul 2000 jfrisby   » (Journeyer)

So where does one go to find Free data? I have a really cool piece of code I'd like to release, but for part of its search capabilities it needs a database of Zip/Area/MSA Codes.

The USPS apparently charges an annual subscription fee to get the raw data and numerous other companies integrate it (zip and area code data are normally entirely seperate for example) and then resell it.

My only options are to remove most of the location-search functionality from my code (you can search for data that is "near" where you specify, you can enter zip codes, area codes, etc...) leaving just the raw location search, or mandate that users buy this database. Unfortunately the location search is pretty key...

What then should I do?

On a personal note, I'm happy. I like my girlfriend. :) Jen is the reason I get up in the morning now...

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