Some of you have been asking me about the $7.6 billion stimulus package. Here, is a short update.
Based on the phone conversation I had with the Department of Agriculture representative, there will be information available by the end of June on the program requirements, eligibility, and how to apply. She suggested to check the recovery web site.
In addition, the Department of Commerce has published a report on May 18th including the deadlines listed in the table below.
|Issuance of Notice of Funds Availability -- Broadband Inventory Mapping||Early Summer 2009|
|Issuance of Notice of Funds Availability--General||Early Summer 2009|
|Outreach and Grant Guidance Workshops||Summer 2009|
|Submission of Grant Applications||July 2009 – September 2009|
|Initial Grant Awards||Fourth Quarter 2009|
|Second and Third Notices of Funds Availability--General||2010|
|Completion of Grant Awards||September 30, 2010|
|Broadband Map Posted to Website||February 17, 2011|
|Substantial Completion of all Grant Projects||September 30, 2012|
Based on the information I have collected from the public hearings held by the Department of Commerce, the fund will be primarily invested on the development of broadband communication in the unserved and under-served areas. The fund is not going to be allocated for research.