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

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 […]