Monday, September 27, 2010

Commerce Department Issues Its Final Broadband Stimulus Awards

$397 Million Total issued Today in All Programs, Including $190 for State Broadband Data & Development 09/27/2010 San Francisco - The U.S. Department of Commerce this afternoon issued the last group of its awards under the federal broadband stimulus program.  

Just past 5:00 PM Washington time, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the award of a total of 14 projects for the sum of $ 206.8 million in what we have for months been calling the "core" categories of the broadband stimulus program - infrastructure, public computing centers, and sustainable broadband adoption.  Additionally, Locke's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) separately announced 54 grants to state agencies and territorial governments in the State Broadband Data & Development (State D&D) program category. 

programs of the .  The announcement stated that these 14 are "the final awards" on Commerce's side of the $7.2 billion program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) signed by President Obama on February 17, 2009.

Under federal law, Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS of the U.S. Department of Commerce must award all of the $7.2 billion appropriated funds (minus a $302 million rescission by Congress recently passed which discounted the NTIA side of appropriations for the program), by midnight, this Thursday, September 30th.

We expect a statement from the authorized spokesman of RUS momentarily as to that agency's final schedule for awards.

Our republished release from Commerce on the $207 million in CCI, PCC, and SBA grants is here.

Our republished release from NTIA on the $190 million in State D&D grants is here.

Our analysis of the entire pool of NTIA awards issued will follow.
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