Wednesday, October 21, 2009

California Broadband Stimulus: Gov. Schwarzenegger Recommends 64 Projects for Federal Funds 10/21/09 San Francisco - "More than 12 percent of Californians are unemployed, while many others are underemployed and finding it necessary to supplement their current incomes. Now more than ever, a fast, reliable Internet connection is essential across the state, as jobs are posted, filled and performed online. It is clear the expansion of broadband infrastructure across California could be the key to our economic recovery."

With that stark statement about the current economic plight of the world's eighth largest economy, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) last week addressed his in-state recommendations for federal broadband stimulus funded projects to U.S. Commerce Assistant Secretary Larry Strickling.

In a 15-page letter (see: Resources, below) submitted on October 14 to Strickling, chief of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Governor recommended 64 projects from among the total 176 applications submitted to federal agencies in August.

As we reported yesterday, the recommendations to NTIA were compiled by upwards of 18 full and part time staffers from the state Office of the Chief Information Officer, and from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Of the 64 projects recommend, 30 are for telecommunications Infrastructure (last mile and middle mile networks) proposals,
16 fall into the Sustainable Broadband Adoption category, and 18 are for proposed Public Computer Center projects. Each of those 3 categorical areas are separate sub-programs within NTIA's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Resources:'s State - NTIA Filings
1. The California filing (15 pages), together with our compilation of documents from the other states which have issued their recommendations to NTIA may be read and downloaded here (free registration), via our corporate site.

2. Read all of our state filing stories here: Round I Recommendations to NTIA
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