The agency recently posted the following announcement on the joint agency federal site BroadbandUSA.gov:
"Monday, March 29, 2010
IMPORTANT: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is granting a deadline extension to file infrastructure applications during the second funding round. Applicants for BIP Infrastructure projects will have until 10:00PM EDT today, Monday, March 29, 2010, to submit their applications to RUS."
Anecdotal reports received by us indicate that applicants filing today, via the Easygrants electronic platform, are finding the application process slow, but that the platform has not collapsed, as it did repeatedly in August of 2009. At the time, the filing deadline for Round I of the program was extended several times as a result of the severe technical dysfunction of the system. StimulatingBroadband.com