NTIA, RUS receive over 2000 applications for broadband stimulus funds

The NTIA and RUS have received over 2000 applications under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).  Applicants requested in total $28 billion for grants and loans. Unfortunately, the two programs can disburse only $7.2 billion. According to the agencies, for infrastructure projects:

  • More than 260 applications were filed solely with the NTIA’s BTOP requesting over $5.4 billion in grants;
  • More than 400 applications were filed solely with RUS’s BIP, requesting nearly $5 billion in grants and loans for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas; and
  • More than 830 applications were filed with both NTIA’s BTOP and RUS’s BIP, requesting nearly $12.8 billion in infrastructure funding. (Applicants for infrastructure projects in rural areas must apply to BIP but were given the opportunity to jointly apply to BTOP in case RUS declines to fund their application.)

NTIA and RUS will put up a database of applications so you can see who has applied for grants and loans.

Read more on the NTIA website.

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  1. Sure would like to help NTIA, RUS filter through the applicants requests. I was even considering doing it for free, as they requested, until I realized the Reviewer Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Agreement would deter me from accepting consulting or network management work. Nice to know people want broadband though.

  2. Is there an estimation of how much of the grant requests were targetted to Muni Wireless?

  3. I don’t know but apparently the NTIA has a database where you can view the applications so you can estimate how many will be for muni wireless. I will look at the database soon.