Big Broadband Stimulus Grants for Middle-Mile Networks in N.C. and Michigan
January 20th, 2010
WASHINGTON, January 20, 2010 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Wednesday continued its rolling award of broadband stimulus grants, doling out $63 million for four broadband grants in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina.
With the announcements, the NTIA and the Rural Utilities Service have awarded $253 million in broadband stimulus grants, or about 3.5 percent of the total broadband stimulus funds. The money has been spent on 23 projects so far, or an average of $11 million per grant.
The largest winners in Tuesday’s announcements were the Merit Network in Michigan, which won $33 million; and MCNC in North Carolina, which won $28.2 million. Both were for infrastructure grants to build fiber-optic networks within their states, connecting households and anchor institutions to broadband facilities.
House Appropriations Committee Seeks $6 Billion for Broadband, Would Impose Speed Requirements Upon Most Grant Recipients
January 16th, 2009
WASHINGTON, January 16, 2009 – The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday released draft legislation providing an additional $6 billion to expand broadband access, both in rural areas and in areas that are generally “underserved” by broadband providers.
BroadbandCensus.com to Co-Chair 'Metrics' Working Group of National Broadband Strategy Group
January 10th, 2009
WASHINGTON, January 10, 2009 – The National Broadband Strategy “Call to Action” on Friday announced the co-chairs of six working groups that are seeking to craft national policies to help promote universal broadband throughout the United States.
President-Elect Obama Urges 'Expanding Broadband' and Stimulus Proposals Proliferate
January 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON, January 8, 2009 – President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday that “expanding broadband lines across America” was a key component of the economic plan that he is putting together and for which he is seeking Congressional passage.
Why BroadbandCensus.com Supports the National Broadband Strategy Statement
December 5th, 2008
WASHINGTON, December 5 – BroadbandCensus.com was founded January 2008 after the experience of trying to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain some very basic broadband information: the names of the carriers operating in each ZIP code.
National Broadband Strategy Week Begins Today, 10 a.m., in Dirksen Senate Building
December 2nd, 2008
WASHINGTON, December 2 – A total of 55 companies and non-profit organizations, including major corporate entities such as AT&T, Cisco Systems, Google, Intel and Verizon Communications, have signed on to a “call to action for a national broadband strategy.”