U.S. government agencies may be tossing down nearly a million dollars each to include the premier version of Google Maps on their sites. The payments aren't going directly to Google, but an Ohio service provider Onix Networking. Onix lists several options on Apps.gov, a marketplace for technology services and applications.
Google Maps API is one of the most popular APIs in our directory. A month back, we reported on Google’s plans to charge for high usage of its Google Maps API. This led to a good amount of confusion among developers on whether they would fall under the category of high usage and if occasional spikes in usage would end up labeling their applications as heavy users. Meanwhile, MapQuest capitalized on the opportunity to declare its maps 100% free.