NTIA, one of two federal agencies administering the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program, today has issued significant information updates to the Applications Database portion of the BroadbandUSA.gov site which is the lead public facing online resource for the program.
As of Friday afternoon, 639 records in the database have been updated to show as an "Application Not Funded by BTOP," while 667 records now display the "Status" of "Application Not Funded."
We are not able to confirm at this time the distinction between these 2 status categories, especially since the 667 record universe is listed as "BTOP" as the funding program proposed by their respective applicants. BTOP, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program is manged by NTIA. We are placing inquiries to the appropriate federal agencies to ask for clarification of this point.
As initially suggested today to us by Washington-based attorney Paul Sinderbrand, none of the listed applications now showing in either "Not Funded" status had been submitted for funding to the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. RUS, with a 60 year legacy of funding rural telecom projects, is the sister agency of NTIA jointly manging the broadband stimulus program. RUS has branded its portion of the overall program the Broadband Inititatives Program (BIP). StimulatingBroadband.com