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Friday, April 16, 2010

Alert: USDA Has $11.2 Billion in Round 2 Broadband Stimulus Applications

StimulatingBroadband.com 04/16/2010 San Francisco - The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it has received nearly $11.2 billion in applications for its second and final funding round of the federal broadband stimulus program.

According to a RUS email sent to this afternoon 776 applications were submitted.

The agency has published a 778 page Round Two Application Directory which lists the grant and loan requests it has received and has begun to process. The document is republished on our document site, accessible below.

Update: Public Database Time Frame is Unknown
As of early evening today, Washington time, the Applications Database portion of the online site maintained by the federal agencies managing the broadband stimulus programs has not been updated with data representing any of the 776 Round 2 applications.

The Outreach Coordinator of the RUS telecom section informed us that the agency does not now have a time estimate for the posting of the applications in the online database. Given the past experience of the federal agencies with the Easygrants application system, we suspect that RUS employees and contractors are yet again experiencing difficulties and delays in posting application data via the system.

By releasing the Round Two Application Directory despite problems with the online system, RUS met its target of getting the data disseminated this week, as we reported on Tuesday of this week.

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