Archive for May, 2009

NARUC Tells Feds: To Get BTOP Back on Track, Let States Lead

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, States May 29th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2009 – The Broadband Technology Opportunity Program can be put back on a faster schedule if state governments are used as a main points of contact for grant applicants, National Association of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners president Fred Butler of New Jersey and Communications Committee chairman Roy Baum of Oregon said Friday.

FCC Releases Report on Rural Broadband Strategy

Broadband Data, Broadband's Impact May 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 – Rural broadband deployment has many possible hurdles to clear, the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday in “Bringing Broadband to Rural America,” a report on a rural broadband strategy.

Further Updates to the BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, NTIA Comments May 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 – The BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments has been updated to include summaries of comments from the American Legislative Exchange Council, American Library Association, American Public Power Association, American Tower, ApexCoVantage, Apple, Inc., Arizona, Association of Public Safety Officials, the Association of Public TV Stations, and many others.

One Web Day Lands New Executive Director; Mitch Kapor as Chairman

Broadband's Impact May 27th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2009 – With a grant from the Ford Foundation, the non-profit organization One Web Day has brought on board Nathaniel James as the organization’s first full-time, paid staff position since its 2006 founding by Susan Crawford, now an Obama administration official.

Massachusetts Broadband Institute Eligible for Federal Funds; Unveils Interactive Survey

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, States May 26th, 2009

NEW SALEM, MASS., May 26, 2009 – Governor Deval Patrick (D) on Tuesday designated the Massachusetts Broadband Institute as the “eligible entity” for receiving broadband data funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

In Report to Congress, NTIA Details Broadband Grant Procedures

Broadband Data, Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Weekly Report May 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2009 – By June 30, the NTIA intends to hire an outside contractor to help administer its broadband grants program, release rules for $4.7 billion in grants, and issue two separate notices of funds availability.

Massachusetts Set to Unveil New Massachusetts Broadband Institute Web Site, Mapping Efforts

Broadband Data, States, Weekly Report May 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2009 – One key area of the broadband stimulus package in which states are certain to have an impact is in the area of collecting and releasing information about local broadband deployment.

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report May 25th 2009

Premium Content, Weekly Report May 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2009 – Broadband stimulus funds from the Commerce Department will begin flowing in either October or in December, according to either an NTIA report or a White House report. In either case, the agency plans to release rules, and then begin to accept applications, by June 30.

Updates Made to the BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, NTIA Comments May 25th, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2009 – The BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments has been updated to include summaries of additional comments filed with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Article: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Broadband Stimulus Plan

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, NTIA Comments May 23rd, 2009

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2009 – Because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 charges government agencies not only with choosing grant recipients and setting performance bench marks, but also with measuring their results, only a carefully pre-planned evaluation strategy should be deployed to evaluate results, according to recent economic paper.

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