Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Secretary Vilsack To Announce Broadband Stimulus Awards in 38 States 08/04/2010 San Francisco - Tom Vilsack, President Obama's Secretary of Agriculture, today will announce broadband stimulus awards "in 38 states and Native American tribal areas," according to a media advisory released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
The announcement will mark the second major group of broadband loan and grant awards in Round 2 of the federal broadband stimulus program jointly administered by the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.  Round 2 awards were launched July 2 as President Obama himself announced the release of $795 million for 66 projects to be administered by the two departments.

In the intervening month, only $24 in awards have been announced as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of Commerce released 2 awards during July.     

With all of the program's $ 7.2 billion in federal funds mandated by Congress to be released by October 1, we project both that today's announcement will bring the Round 2 award total over $1 billion and that NTIA will follow quickly with its own large bevy of awards. 

Secretary Vilsack will hold a media conference call today at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) to announce the 38 grants and loans.  Joining the Secretary with be Jonathan Adelstein, Administrator of USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS).  RUS manages USDA's portion of the federal program. will cover the media conference and report on today's award announcement.
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