• On January 18, 2011, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) released a report on the monies granted or loaned for projects under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). In total, BIP leveraged $2.5 billion in funding to issue more than $3.52 billion in loans and grants for 320 projects. Federal accounting rules allow RUS to count the cost of the loans, rather than the principal, toward the $2.5 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These projects are expected to provide seven million rural residents access to broadband through the use of satellite, middle-mile, and last-mile facilities. A copy of the report can be found here.
  • All recipients of funds under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), are required to file their annual reports with NTIA by January 30, 2011. Information about this filing requirement for Infrastructure projects can be found here; information for Public Computer Center projects can be found here; and information for Sustainable Broadband Adoption projects can be found here.