• On August 22, 2011, the Department of Agriculture announced $103 million in funding for 23 projects to bring broadband “to unserved and underserved rural communities.” Eighteen recipients will receive the funding, including Wichita Online, Inc., which will use a $480,000 grant to provide broadband to the rural community of Tushka Town, Okla. that was hit by a tornado on April 14, 2011. Also announced were $90 million in loans for five broadband infrastructure projects, including a $11.4 million loan to Dubois Telephone Exchange “to provide broadband to nearly all of the businesses and residents in Wyoming’s Upper Wind River country and Little Snake River Valley.” More information is available here.
  • Comments on the FCC Notice of Inquiry (NOI) for next year’s “section 706” report are due September 6, 2011, and Reply Comments are due October 4, 2011. To view the NOI, click here.