Texas Agriculture Department and Public Utility Commission List 52 Picks for Broadband Grants

Broadband Stimulus, NTIA, Premium Content October 15th, 2009

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WASHINGTON, October 15, 2009 – The state of Texas on Thursday released its list of the 52 projects that should be prioritized in the broadband stimulus funding decision pending by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Rural Utilities Service.

Through Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Donna Nelson, Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission of Texas, the state provided a detailed itemization of its project priorities, as well as its recommendations for implementation of grant funding in Texas.

Even though Staples and Nelson said that its “extensive review process… was conducted in a very short period of time,” they said, “we are confident in the projects we have recommended.”

Although Staples and Nelson said that they had winnowed more than 150 applications potentially affecting Texas to 52, they also asked that the NTIA consider “all applications proposing Texas service for funding as well.”

Noting the vast landmass of the state, the officials said that the state’s highly rural nature meant that “the grants NTIA approves for Texas projects should be commensurate with the state’s size and the broadband needs of its unserved and underserved residents.”

In the portions of this story included below as premium content, BroadbandCensus.com provides links to uploaded copies of the October 14 letters of Commissioners Todd Staples and Donna Nelson, along with a complete list of the 52 projects recommended for selection by the NTIA and RUS.

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