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American Recovery and Reinvestment in Japan

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Hitachi Communication Technologies America has announced that its Hitachi’s Node+Zero radio frequency of glass module has been accepted by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.

As defined by the USDA, the RUS Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs are designed to ensure that rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications services as those available in urban and suburban communities. The USDA RUS listing allows broadband service providers serving communities of up to 20,000 to install Hitachi’s Node+Zero product using funding obtained under the RUS programs.

The listing also means that the Node+Zero module can be deployed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, exempting it from the ARRA’s Buy America provision. Within the ARRA, RUS is managing the Broadband Initiatives Program, with more than $2.5 billion to be awarded to build broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved rural areas.

Drew Clark is the Chairman of the Broadband Breakfast Club. He tracks the development of Gigabit Networks, broadband usage, the universal service fund and wireless policy @BroadbandCensus. He is also Of Counsel with the firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP, with offices in California and Washington, DC. He works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and coordinating efforts of the many partners necessary to construct broadband infrastructure and deploy “Smart City” applications. You can find him on LinkedIN and Twitter. The articles and posts on BroadbandBreakfast.com and affiliated social media are not legal advice or legal services, do not constitute the creation of an attorney-client privilege, and represent the views of their respective authors.

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