RUS, NTIA dole out more broadband stimulus awards

The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service issued 43 new broadband stimulus awards totaling $518 million, while its counterpart at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded 35 grants and/or loans totaling $482 million.

Wireless-related awards included funding to DigitalBridge Communications, which got $800,000 for a WiMAX network in Indiana. DigitalBridge applied for funding for a total of 30 projects in this funding round, of which 29 are still pending. KeyOn Communications was awarded $10.1 million for a WiMAX network in Nevada. The company is waiting for word on whether its 15 additional applications, totaling about $365 million, make the cut. KeyOn saw all of its 11 applications rejected in the first round of funding back in March.

Most of the awards NTIA doled out were for computing centers and sustainable broadband adoption. The bulk of the money, however, went to middle-mile projects. Some of the larger awards included $10.6 million to Colorado's Centennial Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and the Connecticut Department of Information Technology, which received $93.9 million.

For more:
- see the RUS winners here
- take a look at the NTIA winners here
- read this Telecompetitor article

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