Tuesday, October 27, 2009

North Carolina Broadband Stimulus: Gov. Perdue Recommends 8 Projects to NTIA

Governor Recommends a Total of $72.619 Million in Federal Funding for 8 Projects, Highlights NCREN Statewide Broadband & Educational Fiber Network 10/27/09 San Francisco
- North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D-NC) has recommended to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that 8 broadband stimulus projects, with a total price tag of $72.619 Million, in the Tar Heel state be funded under Round I of the broadband stimulus program financed by the federal Recovery Act.

The Governor passed on the 8 recommendations of her 8-member BTOP Review Committee in her letter of October 14 to Mr. Larry Strickling, Administrator of NTIA, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Committee was assisted with administrative and technical support by the e-NC Authority, one of the oldest and most reputable state broadband programs in the nation.

In her letter to Administrator Strickling, the Governor recommended funding for a total of 8 projects estimated to require $72.619 Million in federal funding, according to a review of their respective applications filed with NTIA:

3 Broadband Infrastructure Projects:
Statewide network expansion of MCNC / NCREN
(Middle Mile Project) - $28.225 Million

Education & Research Consortium of of the Western Carolinas
(Middle Mile / Last Mile Project) - $38.775 Million

French Broad Electric Membership Corporation
(Last Mile Remote Project) - $ 1.470 Million

4 Public Computer Center Projects:
Mitchell County Historic Courthouse Foundation
(Public Computer Center Project) - $239,194

Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation
(Public Computer Center Project) - $448,805

City of High Point
(Public Computer Center Project) - $261,853

Housing Authority of the City of Wilson
(Public Computer Center Project) - $200,000

1 Sustainable Broadband Adoption Program:
McDowell County Schools
(Sustainable Broadband Adoption Project) - $3.006 Million

Governor Perdue's recommendation letter takes particular interest in documenting the potential benefits of the NCREN (North Carolina Research and Educational Network) of the state's quasi-public Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, located in Research Triangle Park. As we previously reported in September, Governor Purdue has been a strong advocate for both K-12 educational networking and rural broadband expansion in her state.

Both policy goals are targeted with the proposed 600 route mile expansion of NCREN's optical fiber statewide network, at a cost of $28.1 million, as NCREN's expansion is slated to serve as a middle mile / backhaul network for carriers serving underserved and unserved regions of the state.

Resources:'s State - NTIA Filings
1. The North Carolina filing (3 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. As of this posting, we have uploaded 27 state reports.

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