ALA Finds Broadband Stimulus Benefits Libraries

A recently released study conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) found that more than 20 percent of the nation’s libraries have benefited from broadband stimulus programs.  The Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (“BTOP”) arose out of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also know as the Stimulus Act).

The BTOP grants referenced in the study fell into three categories: the Public Computer Center Grants, the Sustainable Broadband Adoption Program, and the Comprehensive Community Infrastructure Program.  The majority came in the first category. Read more

Calix: Busy with Broadband Stimulus Projects

Earlier this week, Calix Inc.. released information on 12 Broadband Initiative Program (BIP) projects that have elected the company’s equipment. Covering residential, business and community institutions in 11 states, the projects total approximately $153 million in ARRA stimulus funding. Read more

Windstream Makes Improvements

Due in part to an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant of $2.3 million, Windstream Corp. has announced the implementation of its first broadband stimulus construction project near Stilwell, OK.

The project will include a 56-mile fiber optic cable and electronics upgrade to the existing Windstream network. The improvement will allow 1,360 potential customers access to an improved high-speed Internet connection. The construction should conclude in March, with the new service available to customers in late June. Read more

NTIA and RUS Complete Broadband Stimulus Awards

Last week NTIA and RUS announced a handful of new investments as both agencies scrambled to meet the September 30 deadline to award nearly $7 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. With these awards the government has now formally announced all the winners in the broadband stimulus program.

NTIA awarded $206.8 million in grants to 14 new investments, including two comprehensive community infrastructure awards ,six public computer center awards and six sustainable broadband adoption awards. This follows closely on the heels of a$115.2 million grant to the Maryland Department of Information Technology.

In total, NTIA has invested in 233 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects, mainly middle-mile ventures. Based on estimates provided by grant recipients, the projects will: Read more

Govt Announces $1 Billion in New Broadband Stimulus Awards

This past Monday was a broadband stimulus bonanza, with the federal government awarding a little more than $1 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant funding.

RUS announced that $518 million will be invested in 43 new broadband infrastructure projects that will create jobs and provide rural residents in 27 states and Native American tribal areas access to improved Internet service. An additional $34.1 million in private investment also will be committed to the projects.

The largest grant, $66.4 million, was awarded to Lake County in Minnesota for a fiber-the-premises (FTTP) network. Other RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants of note: Read more

VOTW: Broadband to the Unserved

And last but not least, our video of the week (VOTW) sponsored by Viodi TV.

The Navajo Nation faces challenges in both communications as well as other utilities. According to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), some 18,000 families are without electricity. With an area larger than 10 of the 50 states of America, the Navajo Nation still presents unique challenges to providing communications services.

The NTUA recently won a $32.1 million grant from the NTIA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This is being matched with $11.3 million from the NTUA, and $2.2 million from Commnet Wireless. The funds will provide broadband access to 15,120 square miles of the Navajo Nation’s 27,000 square miles. The wireless service will cover 30,000 households and mid-mile backbone to another 49 communities.

Monroe Keedo, divisional manager for IT for the NTUA, explains how some of the grant money will support families and students in the Navajo Nation.

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New Broadband Stimulus Awards Include Satellite, Public Safety Networks

Yesterday Vice President Biden announced that as part of the second round of broadband funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the government has awarded $1.8 billion to 94 new broadband projects within 37 states.

This announcement includes 66 grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) to deploy broadband and connect community anchor institutions, create and upgrade public computer centers, and encourage the sustainable adoption of broadband service. It also includes 28 awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for broadband infrastructure and satellite projects that will provide rural residents in 16 states and Native American tribal areas access to improved service.

The University of Arkansas received the largest financial award,$102 million, to connect community anchor institutions throughout the state. Other winners include Windstream which received more than $64 million for four new projects; Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corp. which received more than $21 million for a FTTH network; and Peoples Telephone Cooperative which was awarded more than $28 million to  provide middle-mile broadband service in eastern Texas, connecting 190 community institutions to broadband.

For the first time the stimulus winners include four satellite operators: Read more

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