StimulatingBroadband.com 01/21/2010 San Francisco - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture today published online a new 30 page document to assist applicants in Round II of the federal broadband stimulus program.
Entitled Frequently Asked Questions for Round 2 BIP Applicants, the RUS document covers issues directly associated with the agency's Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). More importantly for many potential applcants, the briefing paper assists in the decision making as choices are made between BIP and the collateral Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Last Friday, 01/15/10, RUS and NTIA, the erstwhile partners in the broadband stimulus effort, issued separate regulation compendiums which launched Round II. The regulation documents, called Notice(s) of Funds Availability (NOFAs) were issued as a consolidated single document for the launch of funding Round I, on July 1, 2009. Subsequently, the two agencies issued several updated and consolidated documents called BIP/BTOP Frequently Asked Questions which were last updated on July 31.
As of this posting, NTIA has issued a one page document entitled Broadband Technology Opportunities Program: Key Revisions in Second Notice of Funds Availability.
BIP Round 2 FAQs - Updated Jan 19 2010