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Rural Utilities Service Outlines Its 'Community Connect' Rules

DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.

Drew Clark

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DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.

The conference brought together many of the network builders likely to benefit from such investments. The experts addressed the core broadband program being jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service.

Speaking at the conference, Ken Kuchno, director of the Broadband Division of RUS, outlined the elecommunications
programs within USDA’s current budget: $690 million for its traditional loan program focused on rural carriers; $400 million for its broadband loan program, which was initiated as part of the 2002 Farm Bill; and $13 million under its so-called Community Connect program. That Community Connect window closes June 19, and the rules were announced next week.

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Senate Advances Legislation Creating Office of Internet Connectivity Within Commerce Department’s NTIA

Andrew Feinberg

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DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.

The conference brought together many of the network builders likely to benefit from such investments. The experts addressed the core broadband program being jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service.

Speaking at the conference, Ken Kuchno, director of the Broadband Division of RUS, outlined the elecommunications
programs within USDA’s current budget: $690 million for its traditional loan program focused on rural carriers; $400 million for its broadband loan program, which was initiated as part of the 2002 Farm Bill; and $13 million under its so-called Community Connect program. That Community Connect window closes June 19, and the rules were announced next week.

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Panelists on NTIA Broadband Webinar Say Smart Buildings Boost Civic Resiliency and Public Health

Adrienne Patton

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DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.

The conference brought together many of the network builders likely to benefit from such investments. The experts addressed the core broadband program being jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service.

Speaking at the conference, Ken Kuchno, director of the Broadband Division of RUS, outlined the elecommunications
programs within USDA’s current budget: $690 million for its traditional loan program focused on rural carriers; $400 million for its broadband loan program, which was initiated as part of the 2002 Farm Bill; and $13 million under its so-called Community Connect program. That Community Connect window closes June 19, and the rules were announced next week.

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Speaking at Commerce Department Symposium, Federal Agencies Doubt Benefits of Spectrum Plan

Masha Abarinova

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DALLAS, May 4, 2009 – Regulations have not yet been issued regarding the federal government’s program to invest $7.2 billion in broadband networks, but experts inside and outside of government took their best shot at explaining the program’s contours at the Broadband Properties conference here.

The conference brought together many of the network builders likely to benefit from such investments. The experts addressed the core broadband program being jointly administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service.

Speaking at the conference, Ken Kuchno, director of the Broadband Division of RUS, outlined the elecommunications
programs within USDA’s current budget: $690 million for its traditional loan program focused on rural carriers; $400 million for its broadband loan program, which was initiated as part of the 2002 Farm Bill; and $13 million under its so-called Community Connect program. That Community Connect window closes June 19, and the rules were announced next week.

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