DigitalBridge wins $4.3M in first round of broadband stimulus grants

DigitalBridge Communications announced that it won a $4.3 million broadband stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to deploy WiMAX services in three counties in Idaho--Cassia, Jerome and Twin Falls--which builds on the company's existing work in Idaho.

Given the heavy emphasis on middle-mile projects, many applicants that have proposed last-mile projects have been disappointed. WiMAX was thought to be a shoo-in for many projects. As such, DBC said it is part of a group of just 6 percent of last-mile applications to be awarded funds by NTIA or RUS during round one.

DBC has also submitted 31 applications in the second round across five states--Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Indiana--totaling $150 million in stimulus investments. Funding these applications would enable DBC to bring affordable, fixed and mobile broadband services to more than 1.5 million consumers, 80,000 businesses, and 2,100 community institutions, the company said.

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