Rural Utilities Service releases broadband stimulus awards report for Round 1

The RUS has released a report summarizing Round 1 of the broadband stimulus awards given under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). The report shows the amount of money given for last mile and middle mile projects, the type of technologies that received funding, and descriptions of the projects in each state.

Below are excerpts from the report dated 7 June 2010 entitled “Connecting Rural America”, published by the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

Excerpts from RUS report for Round 1 of BIP

Wireline/fiber-optic technology received the largest share (48%), followed by wireless fixed terrestrial (23%) and wireless/xDSL (14%). It’s not surprising given that the RUS rules showed a clear preference for laying down fiber infrastructure in rural areas and in remote areas where it’s difficult to lay down fiber, the only realistic way for people to get high speed broadband is via wireless.

RUS BIP funding by technology type

Three types of projects received BIP awards:

1. Thirteen last-mile remote projects ($161 million) will provide broadband service to households and other end users located at least 50 miles from the nearest nonrural area. These represent 19 percent of the awards and 15 percent of the total dollars awarded.

2. Forty-nine last-mile non-remote projects ($739 million) will provide broadband service to households and other end users in rural areas located less than 50 miles from the nearest nonrural area. These represent 72 percent of the awards and 69 percent of the total dollars awarded.

3. Six middle-mile projects ($167 million) will provide necessary “backbone” services such as interoffice transport, backhaul, Internet connectivity, or special access to rural areas. These represent 9 percent of the awards and 16 percent of the total dollars awarded.

RUS BIP funding by project type

RUS BIP funding by type of entity

Download “Connecting Rural America” (Broadband Initiatives Program, Round 1 Awards Report).