Broadband stimulus applications given one-week extension

The NTIA and the RUS are allowing a one week extension for applications that are in process by the Aug. 14 deadline because the online application process has been deluged with applications.

Many applicants were beginning to panic as the slowdown of government servers has been problematic for some time, consultant Craig Settles told Telephony.

"It's been running slow all week," Settles said. "People have been going to [the online application process] and having problems. There has also been an issue because everyone is super paranoid. It's been clear from the beginning if there is a technical error. If you omit some data or it is not formatted correctly, your application will be rejected."

The paranoia has prompted many applicants to submit multiple applications to cover various pieces of their projects, rather than making  one large application and seeing that application rejected on a technicality.

Those who applied early are in the best position, Settles said. A one-week extension might not be beneficial for those who waited.

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