StimulatingBroadband.com 04/03/2010 San Francisco - The U.S. Commerce Department is continuing to publicly post applications it received for the second and final funding round of the federal broadband stimulus program.
While we estimate that the approximate 870 application summaries posted so far represent the vast majority of Round II funding requests received by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of Commerce, it is not the final universe of that agency's Round II grant requests.
As we were first to report yesterday, summaries of 865 Round II applications had been published by mid-afternoon yesterday (ET) by NTIA on the site BroadbandUSA.gov.
In response to our inquiries as to the status of NTIA's updates to the public database, the agency's authorized spokesperson, Ms. Jessica Schafer, told us last evening, "Yes, the database was updated today to include Round 2 BTOP applications. The preliminary count is 867 but we are still processing some applications. We will announce a final count shortly."
We see no changes to the public database since the publication of the 867 records yesterday, following our confirmation of NTIA's stated count.
While we see what we beleive to be significant trends in the data, definitive analysis of the application database is not possible until NTIA states that all of its Round I apps have been posted. Further, and of critical importance to a full understanding of the Round II cycle, is the fact that as of this posting none of the second funding round applications received by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been made live within the public facing federal database. RUS, the other federal agency managing the broadband stimulus program, has a dedicated pool of appropriations for its grant and loan awards. StimulatingBroadband.com