Friday, May 14, 2010

Federal Broadband Stimulus Site Scheduled for Emergency Maintenance: Filing Extension Possible

USDA May Extend Public Notice Filing Response Deadline, Will Announce by 05/17 If Extended 05/14/2010 San Francisco - The online portal used to mange public filings made to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's broadband stimulus program will undergo emergency maintenance this weekend, disrupting ongoing activities.  If necessary, the Department's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will announce by close of business on Monday, May 17, if an extension will be given to the 30-day window for Public Filing Notice (PNF) responses, now deadlined for May 23.

The PNF response cycle now in process allows incumbent broadband service providers to register their service areas with RUS, for those territories in which applicants have applied to the agency for funding in Round 2 of the federal program.  

RUS spokesman Bart Kendrick told us earleir today, "the probelm is a Rural Development-wide system issue, and is not related to the application process."  We had asked Mr. Kendrick if the need for emergency maintenance this weekend was tied to the continued lack of posting into the Applications Database of the main portal of Round 2 applications filed with RUS.  

In response to our question when the agency will determine if an extension of the PNF may be warranted, the RUS spokesman told us, "This will depend on the length of time the system is out of service.  We anticipate posting information regarding any extension no later than COB Monday."
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