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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Alert: NTIA -RUS Announce System Downtime This Evening, Sunday, August 16

StimulatingBroadband.com 08/16/09 As part of the continued effort by the 2 federal agencies administering the $7.2 billion "broadband stimulus" provisions of the Recovery Act to improve the electronic grant and loan application filing system for the program, the Easygrants(TM) system will be temporary taken offline this evening.

We are unable to confirm with federal officials specifically what effect this temporary outage of the system will have on electronic applications being processed. As seen below, the text of the announcement states, "In order to complete the upgrade, we will need to take users off the system during that time period. We apologize for any inconvenience."

In brief discussions this evening, August 16, with consultants supporting clients in the processing of applications, we believe this means that in-process filings will be removed from the system, We advise filers to attempt to save their partially filed application, and log-off the system. Again, we have not been able to confirm with federal officials the specific impact of the temporary outage, and thus can only urge the most prudent approach of saving uploaded work.

Posted this evening, Sunday, August 16, 2009 on the homepage of BroadbandUSA.gov:

NOTICE TO BIP/BTOP APPLICANTS

We will also be upgrading the application system tonight at 10:00 pm Eastern Time. This upgrade should help increase efficiency for applicants. The system will be offline until approximately 10:30 pm. In order to complete the upgrade, we will need to take users off the system during that time period. We apologize for any inconvenience.




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