Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Breaking News: NTIA Working to Fix Broadband Stimulus Public Comment Site 12/01/09 Boston - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has confirmed that it is now working to resolve a series of technical issues which emerged yesterday with the federal agency's online site used to collect public comments for the new funding round of the broadband stimulus program of the Recovery Act.

As reported last evening, the site has generated a significant level technical problems to the point that many filed comments are garbled and illegible, and some applicants have not seen their filed comments posted to date.

In an email update received this afternoon form the lead public affairs spokesperson at NTIA, the agency has announced that the online site has become plagued with "coding issues," which federal employees and (we believe) retained contractors are now working to resolve. The statement received this afternoon is as follows:

"We are working to resolve certain coding issues with the RFI comment page which caused some commenters’ attachments to appear illegible. And, we are taking the steps necessary to ensure that everyone’s comments are properly accounted for and displayed," Jessica Schafer, Director of Media Relations, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce.
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