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Friday, April 23, 2010

Broadband Stimulus Awards Near $2.2 Billion as 7 Applicants Wait in Round 1

StimulatingBroadband.com 04/23/2010 San Francisco - The tally of funds awarded by the Obama Administration’s broadband stimulus program is inching toward the $2.2 billion mark, while 7 of the program’s Round 1 applicants wait for word on 9 remaining applications worth a total of $134 million.


The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the Commerce Department, and its sister agency, the Rural Utilities Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (RUS) have together issued 141 announcements of grants, loans, and grant / loan combinations for a total of $2.16 billion in awarded funds.




NTIA Works to Close Round 1 
Contrary to the statements of some consultants and the business press, Round 1 of the program remains open as the last determinations are made by NTIA on the 9 applications identified below.  RUS issued its final Round 1 award on March 30th.


Clearly the current status is not one of NTIA’s choosing.  The agency is trying mightily to meet the statutory deadline of September 30 for awarding its allotment of $4.7 billion from the program.  Following the Round 1 application deadline of last August 20, it has taken 8 months to award the nearly $2.2 billion.  Working from a reduced application load now in Round 2, the 2 agencies have 7 months following their submittal deadlines of late March to comply with the congressional mandate.   
  
StimulatingBroadband.com has confirmed that 9 applications, from 7 separate applicants, remain in the Round 1 pipeline.  All 7 applicants have been informed that they had been passed into the due diligence phase of the review cycle by NTIA.
 

9 Applications Pending in Round 1 at NTIA


1. Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative
Headquarters: Bracey, VA   
Proposed Service Area: 15 County Area, Southside Virgina
Project: BIT Broadband Initiative
Grant Request: $ 11.873 million
Loan Request: $   5.928 million
Total Request: $ 17.801 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote
Technology Platform: WiMAX


2. City of Williamstown, KY
Headquarters: Williamstown, KYY   
Proposed Service Area: Corinth, Grant, Owens Counties, KY
Project: Deploy. of Broadband to Corinth Co.; Parts of Grant and Owens Co.
Grant Request: $ 327,876
Loan Request:  $ 341,259
Total Request: $ 699,135
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote
Technology Platform: FTTH

3. Critical Hub Networks, Inc.
Headquarters: San Juan, PR   
Proposed Service Area: Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques Islands, PR
Project: Puerto Rico Bridge Initiative
Grant Request: $ 26.376 million
Loan Request: $ 0
Total Request: $ 26.376 million
Program Category: BTOP – Middle Mile
Technology Platform: Undersea Optical Fiber

4. Digital Bridge Communications Corp.
Headquarters: Ashburn, VA   
Proposed Service Area:  Cassia County, ID
Project: Last Mile Broadbandband for Underserved Areas of Cassia County, Idaho
Grant Request: $ 1.141 million
Loan Request: $ 995,065
Total Request:  $ 2.096 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote
Technology Platform: WiMAX

5. Digital Bridge Communications Corp.
Headquarters: Ashburn, VA   
Proposed Service Area: Jerome County, ID
Project: Last Mile Broadband for Underserved Areas of Jerome County, Idaho
Grant Request: $ 787,326
Loan Request:  $ 658,782
Total Request: $ 1.446 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote
Technology Platform: WiMAX

6. Digital Bridge Communications Corp.
Headquarters: Ashburn, VA   
Proposed Service Area: Twin Falls, ID
Project: Last Mile Broadband for Underserved Areas of Twin Falls County, Idaho 
Grant Request: $ 3.270 million
Loan Request: $ 0
Total Request: $ 3.270 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote
Technology Platform: WiMAX 

7. One Economy
Headquarters: Washington, DC   
Proposed Service Area: Locations in 32 States
Project: 21st Century Information and Support Ecosystem
Grant Request: $ 45.527 million
Loan Request: $ 0
Total Request: $ 45.527 million
Program Category: BTOP – Sustainable Broadband Adoption 
Technology Platform: Content, Education and Service Provision

8. Pine Telephone Company
Headquarters: Broken Bow, OK  
Proposed Service Area: Southeast OK, including the Choctaw Nation
Project: Broadband Grant for Isolated Southeast OK and Choctaw Nation
Grant Request: $ 9.472 million
Loan Request: $ 0
Total Request:  9.472 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote 
Technology Platform: 3G UMTS
Headquarters: Newport, WA  
Proposed Service Area: 
Grant Request: $ 9.472 million
Loan Request: $ 0
Total Request: $ 9.472 million
Program Category: BIP/BTOP – Last Mile Non-Remote 
Technology Platform: Optical Fiber



Methodology
Information is reported here following our confirmation of its veracity via sources within government and industry.  Our interviews of the past 48 hours were based on our tracking and analysis of the federal program’s public database, and our periodic reports issued as we document significant events in the Round 1 review and award processes.


Given the sensitivity of the current status for both the applicants and the lead agency involved, we will not disclose the organizations we spoke with, nor the personnel consulted.  All quoted data relative to specific applications is derived from the federal public database of the program.  We have validated this public information with interviews to confirm the specific status of each application, and to rule out other listed applications, given the lag in reporting seen in several areas of the database. StimulatingBroadband.com  
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