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Private Companies Should Be Allowed To Apply For Broadband Stimulus Funding
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:11:02 -0400
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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: March 16, 2009 3:26:00 PM EDT
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Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Private Companies Should Be Allowed To Apply
For Broadband Stimulus Funding
Private Companies Should Be Allowed To Apply For Broadband Stimulus
Cable, Satellite, Wireless Industries Believe Companies Shouldn't Have
To Partner With Government To Be Eligible
Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News, 3/16/2009 10:55:22 AM MT
The cable, satellite, and wireless industries got together Monday to
tell the National Telecommunications & Information Administration that
it should allow private companies to apply for the $4.7 billion in
broadband stimulus grant money without having to partner with
governments or other eligible entities.
Others argued that private entities were the ones that had thus far
left the communities at issue without broadband, or without broadband
of sufficient speeds and reasonable prices, and therefore needed to
work in tandem with the government if they wanted a shot at the money.
That debate came at the second of a series of public meetings on the
grant/loan program, this one focusing on the eligibility of private
entities, an issue of obvious importance to the cable broadband
service providers and networks seeking some of that money.
The way the economic stimulus package law was written, governments,
nonprofits and tribal organizations are all free to apply for the
money, but private entities like service and network providers can
only apply if the NTIA determines it is in the public interest.
The morning session at NTIA's Washington headquarters on private
sector eligibility was part of the process of helping the agency
decide how to make that call.
Curt Stamp, president of the Independent Telephone and
Telecommunications Alliance, spoke for an alliance of private-sector
telecom companies, including National Cable & Telecommunications
Association, in arguing that those industries have the track records
and extensive expertise.
Stamp said that the groups he represented wanted NTIA to make eligible
any entity that held an FCC license, a stated certification, cable
franchise or similar government authority, saying they had clearly
demonstrated the capacity to carry out the projects in compliance with
applicable laws and in an expeditious and efficient manner. He said
since they had already been found to be viable service providers, no
other additional review was necessary. Stamp wasn't precluding making
any others eligible, just that they might need a higher bar of vetting.
He recevied an assist from Debbie Goldman, telecommunications policy
directoir for the Communications Workers of America, who said that
past performance should be a strong consideration. She said that the
proven track record should be an important criteria, suggesting that
demonstrating the financial, technical and managerial chops to
complete the project quickly and continue operating it after the
stimulus money has been expended.
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