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Second Round of Funding Announced for Broadband in Rural Areas

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Washington, January 21, 2010 | Anna Harris (202.225.3605) | comments
“I applaud the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their timely attention to this important matter. Broadband has the potential to generate American jobs in rural America - not overseas. To achieve that goal, access must be affordable and accessible to people living in rural America. By providing this funding, jobs will be created in our rural communities, technology and infrastructure will improve, and the economies in rural America will change for the better.”
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Today, it was announced that the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) are now offering applications for the second round of funding for broadband in rural America.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration with $7.2 billion to expand access to broadband services in the United States. The 2008 Farm Bill reauthorized the USDA broadband loan program and improved the criteria used by USDA to select broadband projects for loans, loan and grant combinations, and grants. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX-11), the Ranking Subcommittee Member on the Committee, made the following statement:

“I applaud the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for their timely attention to this important matter. Broadband has the potential to generate American jobs in rural America - not overseas. To achieve that goal, access must be affordable and accessible to people living in rural America. By providing this funding, jobs will be created in our rural communities, technology and infrastructure will improve, and the economies in rural America will change for the better.”

The BIP provides loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. The BTOP provides grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers, and sustainable Broadband adoption projects.

Please visit www.broadbandusa.gov for all information on broadband funding. On February 1, 2010, USDA and NTIA will host a workshop on the funding in San Antonio. Please visit this website to learn more and register for the workshop: http://www.broadbandusa.gov/workshop.htm

 

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