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Final Broadband Grant Schedule Published

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WASHINGTON August 4, 2010-With only 60 days left to disperse the remaining $4 billion in stimulus funding the departments of Commerce and Agriculture have released a schedule of disbursement.

Today the Agriculture Department announced 126 new grants and will announce the next set of 50 grants worth $190 million during the week of August 16. That same week Commerce will announce 70 grants worth $1.3-$1.6 billion; both sets of grants will be focused on public computing, broadband adoption, community infrastructure, and some public safety projects.

The next announcements will happen during the week of September 6 and contain the final set of grants by Agriculture totaling $450 million and support last mile projects. That week Commerce will present another set of general infrastructure grants totaling $600-900 million.

The final set of grants will be dispersed the final week of September and will primarily be focused on public safety and mapping programs.

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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