|Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling at the UCANN 40|
Conference of March 2011
"The Louisiana project, as originally submitted, promised great benefits to unserved and underserved areas of the state. However, after the state determined it was unable to implement the original project plan and fell significantly behind schedule, it proposed major modifications to its original proposal without adequate technical and financial details and a viable schedule for completing the project."
"We have worked closely with the state throughout the last several months to rescue this project but have now concluded that we have to move on. Accordingly, as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, NTIA terminated the grant and will return the funds to the U.S. Treasury," concluded the statement from the Assistant Secretary, who was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama. StimulatingBroadband.com