Vice President Joe Biden today announced the availability of $4 billion in loans and grants to bring broadband to unserved and underserved communities. This is the first round of the funding NTIA and RUS will disburse under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
On behalf of the wireless broadband industry, I applaud the Obama Administration for taking this critical step toward bringing broadband access to rural America. As the only platform that provides access everywhere, all the time, wireless broadband is essential to achieving universal broadband connectivity, creating jobs and encouraging economic growth. WCAI members are eager to begin the broadband stimulus application process and get to work building a better America.
WCAI will hold a member-only webinar on July 8 to analyze the broadband stimulus NoFA released by the NTIA and the RUS today and brief the members on the next steps they need to take to apply for the broadband stimulus funds. For more information, WCAI members should contact Susan Polyakova at firstname.lastname@example.org.