(Editor's Note: This story, posted on 04/02/2010, was updated on 04/03/2010, here.)
StimulatingBroadband.com 04/02/2010 San Francisco - The division of the U.S. Department of Commerce managing part of the federal broadband stimulus program this afternoon posted records in the federal online database giving the first public glimpse of the program's funding Round II.
A total of 865 new records have been posted within the last several hours in the Applications Database of the federal website BroadbandUSA.gov. Those 865 records show applications for the 3 program categories administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of Commerce within the overall $7.2 billion program. Each of the 865 newly posted records state that it is a summary of an application filed in funding Round II, designed as "Round 2 - Winter 2010" in the online resource.
As we work with official spokespeople of Commerce - NTIA, and with our analysts, confirm what we are seeing in this important database update, we are able to draw the following quick supposition:
If the 862 records represent the entirety of the applications submitted to NTIA in Round II, that number represents a significant reduction in total funding requests made to NTIA in Round I. In Round I, NTIA received and reviewed a total of 1,789 applications.
More information to follow as we receive and analyse the data. StimulatingBroadband.com