- On September 28, 2010, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced the last 56 grants under the State Broadband Data and Development program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These grants will be used by the states to support the efficient and creative use of broadband technology by small businesses and community institutions. Each of the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia and five territories, received either new grants or an augmentation of current grants. A copy of the announcement, with a list of each award, can be found here.
- US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the final 14 grants under NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) on September 27, 2010. The grants, totaling $206.8 million, will fund 14 projects in 13 states. The awards include two Comprehensive Community Infrastructure Awards, six Public Computer Center Awards, and six Sustainable Broadband Adoption Awards. The announcement, with summaries of each project, can be found here.
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its final ARRA funding of broadband projects on September 30, 2010. There were four projects announced. First, USDA has pledged $2.63 million to the Digital Bridge Corporation to fund a broadband network in Panola and Quitman counties in northern Mississippi. The network will benefit 87 community institutions, 18,200 people, and 1,300 businesses in the area. The network will cover 191 square miles. More information on this project can be found here.
The second grant is $7.3 million to a project by The Windstream Corporation. The project will provide digital telephone, high-speed Internet, and high-definition video and entertainment services to residential and business customers in central Arkansas. USDA’s funding will be supplemented with more than $2.4 million in private investment. This project is expected to create 122 jobs and benefit 15,000 people, 330 business and 33 community anchor institutions. More information on this project may be found here.
The third project to receive funding from USDA will allow The Willard Telephone Company to upgrade its current facilities to offer Fiber to the Home in northeastern Colorado. The Willard Telephone Company was awarded $791,947, which will be supplemented by $245,510 of private investment. The project will benefit two military facilities, a fire department, 1,900 people, and eight businesses, and will cover a 132-mile area with 93 miles of fiber optic cable. More information on this project can be found here.
Finally, the Arizona Nevada Tower Corporation will receive $7.75 million from USDA, in addition to $148,500 in private investment, to offer a state-of-the-art microwave radio backbone and middle-mile system that will provide bandwidth to wireless Internet service providers (WISPs), anchor institutions, and enterprise users. The project will impact 41,000 people and 186 business and community institutions over 15 service areas in southwest Nevada. More information about this project can be found here.