StimulatingBroadband.com 01-26-2010 San Francisco - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) has just announced that his Administration will proceed into Round II of the federal broadband stimulus program, with one or more applications, seeking funding for the Western Massachusetts middle mile project rejected recently by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Governor's Office released the following statement to StimulatingBroadband.com within the last several minutes:
“I am obviously disappointed by this development, but no less committed to getting the job done. Our team will work overtime to ensure that the application is approved in the second round. Meanwhile, we will proceed with state resources to bridge the digital divide for students, business owners and every other citizen in western Massachusetts."
The written statement was sent to us, flowing our inquiry, by Ms. Kofi Jones, Director of Communications and External Affairs, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. EOHED is the cabinet secretariat within the Patrick Administration that oversees the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI), the state economic developmental authority which applied to NTIA for the $100 million in broadband funding. StimulatingBroadband.com