• During a press conference in West Virginia on October 27, 2010, Sen. John “Jay” Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., praised Governor Joe Manchin for his efforts to obtain $126 million in broadband stimulus money from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). At the same time, Sen. Rockefeller dismissed objections to the grant that were lodged by Citynet, LLC, a West Virginia-based Internet service provider. In an interview after the press conference, Sen. Rockefeller stated, “The game is over. The NTIA has already looked at this and approved it. It’s gone through Commerce in a broader sense. The FCC, they’ve signed off. It’s a done deal.”
  • On October 28, 2010, NTIA disputed a report in Communications Daily earlier in the week implying that broadband stimulus funding was awarded unevenly between districts that had representation on the US House of Representatives Commerce Committee and those districts that did not. Tom Power, NTIA Chief of Staff, stated that this conclusion was “just plain wrong.” Mr. Power went on to say, “As described in the grant rules, we considered factors such as the sustainability of projects and how they would meet the needs of the community. This resulted in a proportional distribution of grant funds, without regard to congressional districts or political affiliations.” NTIA officials also added that the report did not take into account that fact that the grants will have broad impact and will reach surrounding congressional districts, not just the ones that received funds.