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The List of NTIA Comments Filed April 13

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – The Obama Administration’s broadband grants program attracted extraordinary attention on Monday, as at least 427 companies, individuals and organizations filed comments with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.



Editor’s Note (4/19) – The complete List of NTIA Comments is now available at

The List of NTIA Comments aims to include all substantive comments filed between March 10 and April 15 on the NTIA web site. For a growing number of comments, has provided a brief summary of the contents of the comment.

Editor’s Note (4/16) – This List of NTIA Comments Filed April 13 has been updated to include substantive comments on the broadband stimulus filed at the NTIA on April 13, the final day for submission – included those filed on the NTIA web site after 8:11 p.m. aims to create a new page with substantive comments filed at any time during the course of the rule-making, including those filed before April 13.

WASHINGTON, April 14, 2009 – The Obama Administration’s broadband grants program attracted extraordinary attention on Monday, as at least 427 companies, individuals and organizations filed comments with the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

The mad rush to finish line was driven the agency’s April 13 deadline for comments about the way that NTIA, and the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service, should administer $7.2 billion in broadband-related grants and loans.

With the latest comment posted on the web site as of 8:11 p.m. on Monday, the 427 comments represents almost one-third of the approximately 1,400 questions and comments that have been received by the agency and posted online, beginning March 10, 2009.

As part of’s ongoing coverage of the broadband stimulus, reporters and correspondents for have systematically reviewed comments filed with the NTIA.

This collection represents a first cut of the organizations and individuals offering substantive comments about the implementation of the program. Individual form letters have been excluded, as have letters or comments that bear resemblance to many, previous comments.

Many of the filings by organizations and companies are listed under the name of the individual filing them, and are therefore hard to pick out of the NTIA’s web site.

Both the uniqueness of the concerns, and the significance of the entity filing, are the primary factors in’s selection of these comments from among the list of those that have filed. The filings are listed in alphabetical order.

Ed. Note (4/16) – Individuals with questions about this list should e-mail Cody Williams,

The List of Comments

71 Concerned Economists, Using Procurement Auctions to Allocate Broadband Stimulus Grants, organized by Paul Milgrom, Stanford University; Gregory Rosston, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Andrzej Skrzypacz, Stanford; and Scott Wallsten, Technology Policy Institute Comment

Access Delray Comment

Access Delray, providing an update to their original filing. Comment

Advanced Emergency Communications Coalition | Comment

Alabama | Comment

Alaska Comment

Alcatel Lucent Comment

Allied Fiber | Comment

American Farm Bureau Comment

American Fiber Systems Comment

American Legislative Exchange Council Comment

American Library Association Comment

American Public Power Association Comment

American Tower | Comment

ApexCoVantage, which focuses on broadband mapping Comment

Apple, Inc. | Comment

Arizona, second comment Comment

Arizona Comment

Association of Public Safety Officials Comment

Association of Public TV Stations Comment

AT&T Comment

AT&T, second comment Comment

Atkins Telephone, a rural local exchange carrier in Iowa Comment

ATSI, a provider of voice-over-internet-protocol service Comment

Barling Bay, LLC and Caption Colorado | Comment

Benton Foundation/ University of Illinois | Comment

Big Think Strategies/Open Networks, with a correspondence address in Australia. Comment

Boston, Massachusetts Comment

Bresnan Communications, Cequel Comm, Suddenlink, MediaCom, MidContinent, a group of mid-sized cable operators | Comment

Broadband Development Corporation | Comment

Broadband Diversity Supporters | Comment

Broadpoint, a supplier to offshore oil and gas rigs Comment

California | Comment

Center for Technology and Democracy Comment

Cheetah Wireless, a small wireless service provider Comment

Chicago, Illinois Comment

Cisco Comment

Community Connect network | Comment

Connected Nation Comment

Conxx | Comment

Corpus Christi, Texas Comment

CostQuest, a providing of broadband mapping Comment

Coverage Co., a wireless roaming carrier Comment

Cox Communications Comment

Cricket Communications Comment

CTIA- The wireless Association | Comment

Delta Regional Authority | Comment

Discovery Communications | Comment

District of Columbia Government Comment

DSSA Associates, by Don Samuelson Comment

EarthLink Comment

East Central Vermont Community Fiber | Comment

EchoStar | Comment

Educause Comment

Embarq Comment

Enhanced Telecommunications Corp. Comment

Fairpoint, which provides telecommunications service in the Verizon network in Maine and New Hampshire Comment

Farmers Mutual Telephone Co. Comment

Fiber To The Home Council Comment

Fiber Tower, middle mile focus | Comment

Florida Comment

Free Press | Comment

Frontier Communications Comment

Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association Comment

Garrett County, Maryland Comment

General Communication, an Alaskan local exchange carrier Comment

Georgia Comment

Great Plains | Comment

Harris Corporation Comment

Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network | Comment

Home Town Cable, a small fiber-to-the-premises provider Comment

IEEE, a technical standards body Comment

ILSR Comment

Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance | Comment

Infinera |Comment

Intel Comment

Iowa Health System | Comment

Iowa Health Systems Comment

Iowa Utility Board Comment

Jaguar Communications | Comment

Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association Comment

Kodiak Kenai Cable Company, LLC | Comment

Lariat, a wireless internet service provider focusing on the “middle mile” issue | Comment

LEMKO Corp., next gen wireless | Comment

Loudon, Virginia | Comment

Maine Public Utility Commission Comment

Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Vermont Department of Public Service, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute | Comment

Media and Democracy Coalition, the point person for a coalition of non-profit organizations Comment

Michael Swack, of the University of New Hampshire Comment

Michigan Public Service Commission Comment

Michigan Comment

Minneapolis, Minnesota Comment

Montana Independent Telecommunications Systems | Comment

Montana Telecommunications Association Comment

Motorola Comment

MSS and ATC Coalition | Comment

NASUCA, the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocats Comment

National Cable and Telecommunications Association Comment

National Emergency Number Association Comment

National Exchange Carrier Association, second filing Comment

National Exchange Carrier Association Comment

National Rural Electric Cooperative Comment

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative | Comment

National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, DigitalBridge Communications Corp. | Comment

National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Comment

National Tribal Telecommunications Association Comment

Native Federation, an organization of Native Americans Comment

Nebraska Rural Independent Companies Comment

New York, New York Comment

Next G Networks, a wireless company Comment

North Dakota Comment

Northern Valley Communications Comment

NWT Enterprises, which urges wireless backed by fiber | Comment

Oakland County, Michigan Comment

Ohio Comment

One Economy Corp. (Updated) | Comment

One Economy Corp., a non-profit group Comment

OPASTCO, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Cooperative (second filing) Comment

OPASTCO, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Cooperatives Comment

Open Range Communications Comment

Palo Alto, California Comment

Pend Oreille County Public Utility District Number 1, Washington | Comment

Pennsylvania Comment

Pennsylvania Governor’s Office | Comment

Public Safety Spectrum Trust Corporation. This comment focuses on the 700 MegaHertz swatch of wireless frequencies, and its use by public officials. Comment

Puerto Rico Telephone Co. Comment

Qualcomm Comment

Ridgeview Tel | Comment

Rural Carriers Comment

Rural Cellular Association | Comment

Rural Cellular Association | Comment

Rural Fiber Alliance Comment

Rural Independent Competitive Alliance | Comment

Rural Telecom Group Comment

Rural Telephone Service, Co. Comment

San Francisco, California | Comment

SDF Consortium, a wireless network contractor | Comment

Seattle, Washington Comment

Shafter, Calif. | Comment

SkyTerra, which urges 20 percent to satellite services | Comment

Small Business Administration Comment

Smith Bagley Comment

Southern Linc Wireless Comment

Spot On Comment

Stayton Cooperative Telephone Company | Comment

Sunesys, LLC | Comment

Tele Pulse Technology Comment

TelePacific, which focuses on underserved areas. Comment

Texas Statewide Telephone Coop Comment

T-Mobile USA, Inc. | Comment

Trace Center, University of Wisconsin Comment

TracFone Comment

Triangle J Cable Broadband Consortium, a group of North Carolina government providers of cable broadband service Comment

Tyco Telecom Comment

U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Comment

Universal Service for America Coalition | Comment

University of Texas law students, a comprehensive filing. Comment

US Cellular Comment

US Telecom Association, the trade association of incumbent telecommunications carriers. Comment

Utopian Wireless | Comment

Van Horne Cooperative Telephone Company Comment

Verizon Communications Comment

ViaSat | Comment

Virginia Comment

Vonage, a provider of voice-over-internet-protocol service Comment

Washington Comment

Western Iowa Networks Comment

WGBH in Boston, a public television station, with a comment focusing on people with disabilities. Comment

WiMax Forum Comment

XO Communications Comment

Zero Divide, a comprehensive filing by a non-profit organization. Comment


State Broadband Offices Need to Increase Their Capacity, Improve Data, and Communicate Well

NTIA’s Evan Feinman spoke about what states need to keep in mind as they prepare for BEAD funds.



Photo of Evan Feinman from AEI

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2022 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar event on Tuesday focused on the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Notice of Funding Opportunity. The webinar highlighted three important items to keep in mind as states begin to receive money for broadband planning.

The first, according to Evan Feinman, deputy associate administrator for BEAD, was for states to consider your office’s capacity. Each state will receive a minimum of $100 million. Very few states have the human resources required to adequately run a program of this magnitude, he said.

The second is to build up research and data collections of broadband coverage at a state level. The Federal Communications Commission will soon release a new mapping system. It will be necessary, said Feinman, to “engage meaningfully” with these maps using state’s own research and data. Furthermore, states should have the necessary data to engage with internet service providers and the NTIA as they determine who is served and unserved.

Third, states should develop a clear-cut plan for outreach and communication support with stakeholders. Stakeholders include telecom providers, tribal governments, local governments, and community organizations.

The planning step is a great point for stakeholders to become involved in the process, said Feinman. “There is an expectation that lives throughout this program that folks are going to engage really thoroughly and in an outgoing way with their stakeholders.”

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Treasury Department Joins FCC, USDA and NTIA in Collaborating on Broadband Funding

Agency leaders sign pact to formalize information-sharing on broadband deployment projects.



Photo of Janet Yellen from January 2018 by the European Central Bank

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2022—Just in advance of the deadline for the release of the funding requirements under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act, the four principal federal agencies responsible for broadband funding released an interagency agreement to share information about and collaborate regarding the collection and reporting of certain data and metrics relating to broadband deployment.

The agencies are the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Commerce Department, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

The Memorandum of Understanding is the latest development in federal efforts to coordinate high-speed internet spending, and the Treasury Department is the new addition to agreement.

The other three agencies signed a prior memorandum in June 2021 to coordinate the distribution of federal high-speed internet funds. That June 2021 Memorandum of Understanding remains in effect.

The respective Cabinet and Agency leaders announced that their agencies will consult with one another and share information on data collected from programs administered by the FCC, the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, programs administered or coordinated by NTIA, and Treasury’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund and State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

“No matter who you are or where you live in this country, you need access to high-speed internet to have a fair shot at 21st century success. The FCC, NTIA, USDA and Treasury are working together like never before to meet this shared goal,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Our new interagency agreement will allow us to collaborate more efficiently and deepen our current data sharing relationships[and] get everyone, everywhere connected to the high-speed internet they need.”

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “When we invest in rural infrastructure, we invest in the livelihoods and health of people in rural America. High-speed internet is the new electricity.  It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, to have access to health care and to stay connected.”

“USDA remains committed to being a strong partner with rural communities and our state, Tribal and federal partners in building ‘future-proof’ broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas so that we finally reach 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage across the country.”

“Our whole-of-government effort to expand broadband adoption must be coordinated and efficient if we are going to achieve our mission,” said Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and head of the NTIA, the agency responsible for administering the vast bulk of the broadband funding.

“This MOU will allow us to build the tools we need for even better data-sharing and transparency in the future,” he said.

“Treasury is proud to work with our federal agency partners to achieve President Biden’s goal of closing the nation’s digital divide,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen.  “Access to affordable, high-speed internet is critical to the continued strength of our economy and a necessity for every American household, school, and business.”

As part of the signed agreement, each federal agency partner will share information about projects that have received or will receive funding from the previously mentioned federal funding sources.  More information on what the interagency Memorandum of Understanding entails can be found on the FCC’s website.  The agreement is effective at the date of its signing, May 11, 2022.

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FCC and NTIA Chiefs Name Jessica Quinley, Douglas Brake and Timothy May to Advisory Committees

NTIA representatives to join FCC technology and security committees, FCC rep on spectrum committee



Photo of Doug Brake from Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2022—Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Assistant Secretary of Commerce Alan Davidson on Friday named staff representatives to participate on each other’s advisory committees. The effort is a component of the Spectrum Coordination Initiative of the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Commerce Department.

As part of the initiative, the agencies are working with each other and the private sector.

“To succeed as spectrum partners, the FCC and NTIA must hear from and listen to each other in both formal and informal ways,” said Rosenworcel.

“A common understanding of spectrum engineering and market conditions is essential for the success of our efforts at the FCC and NTIA to manage the country’s spectrum resources,” said Davidson.

Rosenworcel named Jessica Quinley of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to participate as an observer in NTIA’s Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. Quinley currently serves as an Acting Legal Advisor in the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She was an attorney at NTIA for more than four years.

Davidson named Douglas Brake, a Spectrum Policy Specialist, and Timothy May, a Senior Advisor, to participate in the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council and its Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council, respectively.

Brake, a Spectrum Policy Specialist with NTIA, previously directed the broadband and spectrum policy work at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.  May currently serves as a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Secretary where he has worked for four years.  Before joining NTIA, he was a Policy Analyst in the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau.

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