Wisconsin gets more than $25 million for broadband projects

USDA Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski Wednesday announced the awarding of more than $5.2 million to the Reedsburg Utilities Commission for broadband infrastructure improvements and service expansion. “The City of Reedsburg has stepped up to ensure that residents in the area have broadband service that is […]

Preliminary Analysis: First Batch of Stimulus Round 2 Awards

RUS, NTIA and the White House held a preliminary conference call last week to talk about the first batch of NOFA Round 2 (broadband stimulus) award winners. No doubt the winners are popping champagne corks and started their 4th of July weekend fireworks early. The rest of the applicants and some of the rest of […]

Obama announces 66 new broadband stimulus projects, none in California

President Obama announced today the 66 winners of broadband stimulus grants from the Department of Commerce and Department of Agriculture. The big loser: California. Not one single project in California got funded. Among the lucky few are: ComNet: $30 million grant to build 700 miles of fiber throughout 28 counties in Western Ohio. Pine Telephone […]

Rural Utilities Service releases broadband stimulus awards report for Round 1

RUS BIP funding by technology type

The RUS has released a report summarizing Round 1 of the broadband stimulus awards given under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). The report shows the amount of money given for last mile and middle mile projects, the type of technologies that received funding, and descriptions of the projects in each state. Below are excerpts from […]

NTIA reopens BTOP application window for public safety broadband systems

The NTIA announced that it will provide an opportunity for certain state and local governments to apply for broadband stimulus funding to support public safety projects. The potential applicants are the state and local governmental entities that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently permitted to deploy public safety broadband systems using the 700 MHz public […]

Texas-New Mexico Power dumps T1 lines, deploys microwave backhaul

Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), a community-based electrical power generation and distribution company serving more than 216,000 subscribers in Texas and 490,000 subscribers in New Mexico, is dumping its T1 lines and replacing them with microwave backhaul systems from Exalt Communications. TNMP hired Houston-based telecommunications and IT engineering firm Lockard & White to assist in design, […]

RUS broadband grant awardee seeks consultant

A company that has been awarded an RUS grant for rural broadband under Round 1 of BIP is looking for a consultant who is experienced in RUS grants to help them comply with the rules for allowable costs, cost allocation, market pricing, and more. If you are an experienced RUS consultant, please email me with the appropriate […]

NTIA awards final round one BTOP grants to One Economy, Digital Bridge and others

The NTIA announced 9 recipients of BTOP grants today totalling $114 million. Among the big winners are One Economy ($28.5 million), the Washington Public Utility district of Pend Oreille County ($27.2 million), Virginia’s Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative ($19 million), Puerto Rico’s Critical Hub ($25.8 million) and Digital Bridge ($4.4 million). Today’s announcement marks the final […]

FiberFête Conference Starts Tuesday, 20 April 2010 in Lafayette, Louisiana

Technology and Community Leaders to Dream up Possibilities for Our Most Wired Cities I will be attending FiberFête on April 20-22 at Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) in Lafayette to celebrate the city’s deployment of a community-owned fiber network. FiberFête brings global technology entrepreneurs and activists together with local community leaders to explore how fiber […]

Allegiance Communications gets $28.6 million broadband grant for fiber deployments

The NTIA has awarded a $28.6 million BTOP grant to Allegiance Communications to deploy a new fiber optic network over 680 miles in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The project intends to directly connect more than 70 community anchor institutions to the broadband network, including city halls, police stations, fire stations, libraries, schools, and a […]