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The BroadbandCensus.com 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.

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Editor’s Note (4/19) – The complete BroadbandCensus.com List of NTIA Comments is now available at http://broadbandcensus.com/2009/04/the-broadbandcensuscom-list-of-ntia-comments

The BroadbandCensus.com 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, BroadbandCensus.com has provided a brief summary of the contents of the comment.

Editor’s Note (4/16) – This BroadbandCensus.com 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.

BroadbandCensus.com 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. http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/comments.cfm

As part of BroadbandCensus.com’s ongoing coverage of the broadband stimulus, reporters and correspondents for BroadbandCensus.com 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 BroadbandCensus.com’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, williams@broadbandcensus.com.

The BroadbandCensus.com 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

Funding

After FCC Map Release Date, NTIA Says Infrastructure Money to Be Allocated by June 2023

The NTIA urged eligible entities to submit challenges to the FCC’s broadband map by January 13, 2023.

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Photo of NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson, in January 2015 used with permission

WASHINGTON, November 10, 2022 – The National Telecommunications and Information Administration said Thursday its intention to announce allocations from the $42.5-billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program by June 30, 2023.

The announcement comes on the heels of the FCC announcing Thursday that a preliminary draft of the commission’s national broadband map will be released and available for public challenge on November 18, which was required for the NTIA to begin moving the broadband infrastructure money out of the door to the states. The challenge process is the primary mechanism to correct for errors in the map’s data.

Don’t miss the discussion about “What’s the State of IIJA?” at Digital Infrastructure Investment–Washington on November 17, 2022: Nearly one year into the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, what is its state of implementation? How are state broadband offices feeling about the pace of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration? What are they doing to prepare for it? How big of a jolt to the broadband industry will the IIJA be?

“The next eight weeks are critical for our federal efforts to connect the unconnected,” said NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson. “The FCC’s upcoming challenge process is one of the best chances to ensure that we have accurate maps guiding us as we allocate major…awards in 2023. I urge every state and community that believes it can offer improvements to be part of this process so that we can deliver on the promise of affordable, reliable high-speed internet service for everyone in America.”

To ensure public input is considered in the allocation process, the NTIA urged eligible entities Thursday to submit challenges to the FCC’s national broadband map – the dataset that will shape the distribution of BEAD grants – by January 13, 2023.

To promote a robust challenge process, the NTIA said it will offer technical assistance to state governments, informational webinars to the public, and regular engagement with state officials to identify and resolve issues.

Clarification: A previous headline said the NTIA would “finalize” money by June 2023. In actuality, the NTIA will initially announce BEAD “allocations” by June 2023, then eligible entities must submit proposals to the NTIA for approval before the money is fully disbursed, which could be sometime after June 2023. 

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Speaking at AnchorNets, NTIA’s Alan Davidson Touts Role of Anchor Institutions

‘Community-anchor institutions have been and are the connective tissue that make delivering high-speed internet access possible,’ he said.

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John Windhausen and Alan Davidson (right) at AnchorNets 2022.

CRYSTAL CITY, Va., October 14, 2022 – States will be required to work with local communities on broadband programs as unprecedented funding initiatives roll out from the federal government, said Alan Davidson, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

“It’s critical that the states are being guided by as many local voices as possible,” said Davidson, addressing the AnchorNets 2022 conference Friday morning. The NTIA, an arm of the U.S. Commerce Department, will ensure state broadband plans are informed by community input, he added.

Davidson also emphasized the role local institutions can play in boosting connectivity and the importance of federal adoption and affordability initiatives, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Project.

“Community-anchor institutions have been and are the connective tissue that make delivering high-speed internet access possible,” Davidson said.

The NTIA’s broadband policies are “about more than just a connection, more than just access,” Davidson argued. “A wire to somebody’s home… doesn’t help them if they can’t afford to get online.”

The NTIA will administer the rollout of tens of billions of dollars in broadband funding, the majority of which – $42.45 billion – is from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program. BEAD funding will be granted to each state government based on relative need, and the states will distribute sub-grants to contractors.

John Windhausen, executive director of the SHLB Coalition – the host of AnchorNets 2022 – praised Davidson’s remarks.

“Alan Davidson’s comments really recognized that the anchor institutions can play a role in several different aspects of solving the digital divide,” Windhausen told Broadband Breakfast.

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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.

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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.”

See other articles on the NTIA webinars issues in the wake of the Notices of Funding Opportunity on the Broadband.Money community:

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