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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Round I Applicants: NTIA - RUS Publish Database Online

StimulatingBroadband.com 09/09/09 The 2 federal agencies administering the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), this afternoon have published online a searchable database of all Round I applications.

The database is available at: here.

As we previously reported, the 2 agencies, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture stated that they received 2,200 applications for a total of $28 billion requested funding in Round I of the program. The first funding tranche of Round I of the program was budgeted at $4 billion for grants, loans, and grant / loan combinations.

In a fundamental aspect of the program which has been widely incorrectly reported, the 2 agencies will not be spending $4 billion of the total $7.2 in federal budgetary authorizations in Round I. Given the leveraged loan authority granted to RUS by Congress, the total "program spend" in Round I is estimated at $4 billion, although the actual appropriated funds used will be closer to $2.4 - $3 billion, depending on the actual mix of approved grants and loans.

The searchable database of all submitted applications can be searched by:

1. The name of the organization that submitted an application.

2. Keywords which search across the Project description section of all applicants.

3. Project Type as defined by the 6 possible kinds of projects as defined by the federal program rules issued on July 1 (Last Mile, Last Mile Non-Remote Area, Last Mile Remote Area, Middle Mile, Public Computer Center, and Sustainable broadband Adoption.)

4. Program type (BIP, BTOP, BIP-BTOP combination).

5. State, as listed in the applicant's address, which is not necessarily the state in which the proposed network "service area" is located. StimulatingBroadband.com
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