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Friday, November 5, 2010

$50 Million Grant Application by Motorola for Controversial BayWEB Project Published

StimulatingBroadband.com 11/05/2010 San Francisco - So it has come to this: What should be a public document, involving millions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury, is apparently prized out of a federal agency under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), partially redacted, and sent anonymously to this publication.


We publish it here, as received. We do not know the specific source of the material, as it was transmitted to us by a non-governmental third party located in the San Francisco Bay Area.


The document appears to be a nearly full text copy of the grant funding application submitted in March by Motorola, Inc. (now Motorola Solutions, Inc.; NYSE: MSI) to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The application resulted in the funding, for $50 million, of the controversial BayWEB public safety wireless communications project. Various governmental bodies, with the City of San Jose and the County of Santa Clara in the lead of such effort, have petitioned for release of the full document for the past 60 days. 


Certain information in the document has been redacted, with citations given to the applicable parts of FOIA allowing for specified exemptions for claimed proprietary data.


FOIA BayWEB Consolidated


Resources:
The BayWEB Examination is our compendium of information on the project. We believe it is the most comprehensive such collection available. We have assembled links to all media coverage of the issue, to online documents secured by us from confidential and open sources, to documents secured by others and by this publication under federal and state public records filings, and to our own published reporting.

Note on awardee identification: The project grant was applied for by, and subsequently awarded to, the entity Motorola, Inc., formally traded as (NYSE: MOT). Motorola, Inc. was split into 2 new and separate companies, which both began trading on January 5, 2011.  The network infrastructure side of the business, all public safety equipment lines, and the network integration / management services divisions became Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI). We have retroactively re-tagged our BayWEB stories with the MSI ticker symbol. StimulatingBroadband.com
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