|Broadband Properties keeps you current with the latest details on applying for federal loans and grants under the federal stimulus program -- $7.2 billion to stimulate and subsidize rural network builds.
The Bandwidth Hawk
December is NOT a Stimulating Month!
By Steven S. Ross, Corporate Editor, BBP LLC
Rural America and the telecom industry are poised to benefit greatly from stimulus funds. But by the time the money comes in, many vendors may have checked out. Time for a quickie rewrite of the stimulus package.
Broadband Policy: Connecting America. Advice to the President-Elect
An Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama: To Make America Competitive, Build Fiber Optic Networks.
Advice from Some Experts
We turned to Jim Baller, Gary Fields, Hilda Legg, Chris Mitchell, Tim Nulty, Joe Savage, Wes Rosenbalm, and David Russell to add their detailed advice to ours. We asked many executives at incumbents and consumer-electronic firms as well, but they were gun shy.
A National Call to Action
Attorney Jim Baller spent a year attracting heavyweight organizations to support development of a national broadband policy with universal access. Details are vague, but signatories include Verizon, AT&T, numerous public-interest groups, and more.