Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release: Broadband Grant Application Deadline Extended

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.

WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2009

CONTACT:
Myung Oak Kim, 303-947-5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us

RECOVERY ACT BROADBAND GRANT APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Governor's Economic Recovery Team announced today that Colorado organizations interested in high-speed internet grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have another week to submit applications.

The National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is distributing $4.7 billion through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, also known as BTOP. The deadline for the first round of applications was originally set for Friday, Aug. 14.

The NTIA has extended the deadline until 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on August 20, 2009, for any electronic applications pending as of 5 p.m. ET on August 14, 2009. There are no changes to the filing instructions for paper applications. To qualify for the extension, applicants must submit basic information to NTIA by 5 p.m. ET on August 14.

This grant is one of two major competitive grants offered by the Recovery Act for high-speed internet projects by public and private entities. In addition to the NTIA program, the Rural Utility Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is distributing $2.5 billion through the Broadband Initiatives Program to rural communities.

Over the last month, the Governor's Office has been providing assistance and guidance to potential applicants, including hosting weekly public meetings at the state capitol. More information about the Recovery Act grants is available at www.broadbandusa.gov.


While the state will provide input on projects, the federal agencies will score applications based on a number of criteria and choose grantees. The winning projects are expected to be announced in late 2009.