NTIA Extends Mapping Grants, Opens Up Funds For Other Uses
The Commerce Department's broadband stimulus fund mapping program gets three more years
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/28/2010 5:33:36 PM
NTIA said May 28 that it would give applicants until July 1 to ammend their filings to ask for more money for mapping. The recovery act set aside $350 million for mapping, and a deadline of Feb. 17, 2011, to get a national broadband availability map online. That deadline still holds, but it has only handed out something over $100 milllion. The map will be updated by NTIA every six months, and rather than the original two-year period for funding such efforts, which NTIA chalked up to "fiscal prudence," it has decided that there is enough money to extend that effort to five years.
NTIA also said it would allow the money to be used for other things broadband, including local or regional technology planning and programs to promote computer ownership and Internet use.
"Now that NTIA has seen initial state data collection efforts, we are prepared to accept and evaluate proposals for additional funding," said NTIA chief Larry Strickling.
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