broadband stimulus applications total $28 billion !!

BTOP or Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants are made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka Stimulus) and are administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the Department of Commerce.
Nearly 2,200 bidders have applied for almost $28 billion in broadband stimulus money from both the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture’s RUS fund, which is almost seven times the $4 billion available for the program in this first round.

More than 320 applicants are seeking nearly $2.5 billion for broadband awareness, training, access and support. Another 360 applications are asking for a total of $1.9 billion for computer centers to expand broadband access. The remainder want funding for infrastructure projects.

For more information about support for the BTOP Grants, see:

http://www.mindcommerce.com/BTOP/

Fred Taylor, Mind Commerce

Fred@MindCommerce.com

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Analysis of telecom and ICT infrastructure, technologies, and applications.
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