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NOFA 2 – It Does Matter How You Say It

I listened to the NTIA/RUS workshop in Denver as these folks spelled out what makes for a good grant application, interpreted rules, etc. My ears perked up when they started on why projects got rejected. Specifically, when they explained that, for apps to get graded well in the Purpose (of the proposed network) category, “you […]

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Eliminate Weeks from Your NOFA 2 Prep Time!



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Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money

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Morning folks. NTIA just announced another batch of lucky broadband stimulus winners. Check it out! I’ll have analysis at midnight. My new book should be available for order this Friday. My publisher and I are frantically trying to get this into your hands to help with your broadband planning and grant application. Stay tuned.

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Handicapping NOFA 2



The good news is that the new NOFA rules are out. The bad news, if you have Attention Deficit Disorder, is that there are two of them and each one seems as long as the first NOFA rules. But at least there are welcome changes. Here’s an overview and a look at who does well […]

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Taking Action on the New NOFA Rules

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Welcome to NOFA 2 and the 60-day march through hell (for some) to $4 billion. After Friday afternoon’s sudden delivery of the preliminary set of NOFA rules, I made the comment that it is good that the agencies are going their separate ways. Trying to keep the NTIA/RUS marriage together for the sake of the […]

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Top 10 Prescriptions for Getting Broadband Done

Every January, analysts, bloggers and other random industry luminaries write a list of predictions for the new year. Good way to get a little visibility. If you write really well, you could sound like the original Oracle of Delphi (or Oracle of Delphia if you come from Philly). I decided, heck with that game. I’m […]

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Could Stimulus Grants Be about the Path of Least Resistence

Monday Morning Quarterback here. Actually, more like checking in to see what happened to the bets I placed so far on the broadband stimulus program. Here are some more of my observations after some pondering.  I believe that, even though it probably wasn’t their intention, NTIA has established in this first round of awards parameters […]

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First Broadband Stimulus Awards for Infrastructure Announced Today

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President EMBARGOED UNTIL DECEMBER 17TH, 6:00 AM EST December 16, 2009  Vice President Biden will kick off over $2 billion in Recovery Act grants and loans that will be made on a rolling basis over the next 75 days to bring broadband to communities that currently have little […]

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Possible Game Changer in Broadband Strategy Development

It seems Universal Service Fund (USF) reform is THE news item of the day since yesterday telecos wireless ISPs and others filed comments with the FCC regarding the agency’s efforts in this initiative. The Feds want to expand the USF, which now mainly addresses telephone service in rural areas, to make a few additional billion […]

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Want Better NOFA Rules? Here’s Your Chance.

Yesterday NTIA and RUS announced the release of their Request for Information (RFI) to get feedback on the rules that will govern this last funding round(that’s right, only one funding round). This RFI is actually a straightforward, logical document. That’s good. If you’re short on time you can get to those points that concern you […]

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