The $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program so far has created more confusion and stalled carrier spending than anything else, but never fear: Obama administration officials are set to announce further grant guidelines and details today. Some in the industry have been concerned that the grants will not be awarded until December, and that the process could become further bogged down, which would delay network construction in some northern states. However, a Wall Street Journal story quotes one official as saying that the government will begin handing grants out on a rolling basis before December, and is focused on keeping up its pace ahead of the September 2010 deadline for the program.
- The Wall Street Journal has this story
The "buy American" requirements won't apply to broadband equipment
The final broadband stimulus figure of $7.2 billion was reached in February