Crowdsourcing the Broadband Stim
StimulatingBroadband.com 02-19-2010 San Francisco - The 2 federal agencies managing the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program have issued another round of rejection letters to applicants in the so-called Round I funding cycle of the program.
We have received numerous reports from around the nation of the receipt, by Round I applicants, of rejection letters and emails sent by the 2 agencies within the past week.
The Applications Database section of the federal website BroadbandUSA.gov has not however been updated with new information about the recent rejections, as of the time of this posting.
We are attempting to clarify the award pipeline numbers with authorized spokespeople from the 2 agencies involved, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Rural Utilities service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
We have found throughout the history of the broadband stimulus program however that the most accurate source of information about the effort has come from funding applicants themselves. Since the meltdown of the application filing process itself, supported on a federal contractor's system called Easygrants, it is the program applicants - the states, cities, county coalitions, and investor owned service providers - have best our best source of public information about the details of the program.
Crowdsourcing the Data
In an effort provide the most accurate and updated data about the program, we are asking Round I applicants to send us your updates. Have you received a rejection letter or email? Were you given a reason for the rejection of your project?
Please send us any information you wish to share to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will aggregate the received data and republish it here. StimulatingBroadband.com