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July 2009

NTIA/Recovery Act/States

Illinois Unveils Plan to Supplement State's Applicants for Federal Broadband Stimulus Grants

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2009 — Illinois has unveiled a plan to provide supplemental grants for state projects applying for the first round of federal broadband initiative money. Anyone wishing to grab stimulus funding, however, must hurry. Applications are due August 5. Awardees will be notified of their status on August 11—just in time to submit their applications to the federal government by August 14. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 27th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 - Crunch time has begun for broadband stimulus applications. NTIA and RUS concluded their workshops, including a Friday afternoon webinar on broadband data and mapping, and now must post frequently-asked questions on their broadbandusa.gov portal. The FCC’s national broadband plan is also coming into sharper focus. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Transcript of NTIA Mapping Workshop

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration held a workshop, via webinar, on Friday, July 24, from 1 p.m. ET to 2:45 p.m. The two NTIA officials on the call, Edward "Smitty" Smith, Program Director, State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, and Anne Neville, focused on the nuts and bolts of the $240 available for broadband data and mapping. And they answered dozens of questions about the program. Keep Reading

Q&A with Anthony Wilhelm of NTIA and Ken Kuchno of RUS

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2009 – Broadband experts all across the county have been dissecting the Notice of Funds Availability released earlier this month by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. As a special benefit to paid subscribers of its Weekly Report, BroadbandCensus.com here publishes an edited transcript of questions posed and answers given at the Broadband Stimulus Town Hall Webcast co-produced by TV Worldwide and BroadbandCensus.com, and which took place on July 9, 2009. Keep Reading

Promoting the Use of the Internet by Seniors in Public Housing

LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 26, 2009 - Every public housing authority in the United States should apply for stimulus funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to set up a program to promote the benefits and use of the Internet for its senior housing residents. The goal should be to make the case for the practical benefits of broadband and the Internet sufficiently compelling so that seniors would want a computer and internet connection in their individual units. Keep Reading

BroadbandCensus.com Weekly Report July 20th 2009

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 - Officials at the federal agencies focusing on broadband have begun to address layered and complicated questions pertaining to the $7.2 billion in funds for high-speed internet. Critics are also raising their voices. This week, NTIA and RUS explain themselves at three more workshops, and at NARUC in Seattle. Keep Reading

A Crowdsourced National Broadband Census: The Time is Now!

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2009 - Carl Malamud's talking on O'Reilly's Radar about the need for a national broadband census. One of the things that BroadbandCensus.com has been doing since our launch, in January 2008, is to provide a crowdsourced, public and transparent collection of data about local broadband Speeds, Prices, Availability, Reliability and Competition. We call this the Broadband ‘SPARC.’ Keep Reading

Connecting Broadband Networks and Applications in NTIA Proposals

LAKE FOREST, Ill., July 19, 2009 - The NTIA's BTOP program tracks the old NTIA Technology Opportunities Program. There are going to be maximum awards for those applications which attempt to solve multiple policy objectives, on the “biggest bang for the stimulus buck” theory. And states are going to be influential in the evaluation system, to the extent that their prioritization efforts are transparent and fair. Keep Reading

Agriculture Committee Skeptical on RUS' Ability to Manage Funds

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2009 - Members of Congress on Thursday questioned the efficacy of the grant criteria set out last week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Rural Utilities Service. During a hearing before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture, representatives expressed skepticism over ill-defined criteria in the the joint Notice of Funds Availability the agencies released last week. Keep Reading

Broadband Data/Wireless

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Radio Spectrum Inventory Act

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 -- The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved S. 649, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, which would give the National Telecommunications and Information Agency and the Federal Communications Commission 180 days to present Congress with a complete inventory of the radio frequencies that they manage from 300 Megahertz to 3.5 Gigahertz. Keep Reading

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