Joint Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Request for Information

Date: 
March 12, 2009
Docket Number: 
090309298-9299-01

American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives

Lynn R. Merrill, P.E.

(Late Submission)
See attachment

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APCO International

(Late Submission)
Please find attached Filling Comments on Section 6001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These comments are being filed on behalf of Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International.

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Sara C. Wedeman, PhD

(Late Submission)
I discovered a blooper on the first page of my comment, so am re-submitting a corrected copy. Hope you'll read this one and discard the previous version. Thanks!

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JW MONDAK III

(Late Submission)
ANYBODY NEED A DESERT CONTACT W/OVER 35 YEARS TELECOM EXP. CONTACT ME: JMONDAK@MSN.COM 480-296-1747

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Janet Newton

(Late Submission)
See attachments.

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"Donald Evans" <evans@fhhlaw.com>

(Late Submission)
Dear Sirs and Mesdames - Attached in Word format is the comment of NTCH,
Inc. in the referenced ARRA Docket.





Donald J. Evans

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

1300 N. 17th St.

11th Floor

Arlington, VA 22209

703-812-0430 (phone)

703-812-0486 (fax)






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Edmundo Hidalgo

(Late Submission)
Please see attachment

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National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

(Late Submission)
I've attached [1] NARUC's letter signed by 90 commissioners representing 39 states [2] a handout hand-delivered to several NTIA/RUS staff with specific comments from several states [3] two related letters filed in this proceeding by two additional commissions endorsing key aspects of the NARUC filings.

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"Jon Douglas - McLean" <Jon.Douglas@Spacenet.com>

(Late Submission)
Attached please find the comments for the BTOP and RUS programs. Thank
you.



Jon Douglas

Director of Marketing Communications

Tel: 703-848-1221

jon.douglas@spacenet.com






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David Lois

(Late Submission)
We have chosen to include our entire commentary in the attached document. Thank you.

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Tom DeReggi

(Late Submission)
See attachment

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Brian Dabson

(Late Submission)
Please see attachment.

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Chuck Riley

(Late Submission)
307 East Hardin Street Findlay, Ohio 45840
Phone: 419/422-3306 Fax: 419/420/3664

Anna Gomez
Acting Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
Office of the Assistant Secretary, National Telecommunications Information Administration
US Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave, N.W., Rm. 4701
Washington, DC 20230

April 13 2009

Assistant Secretary Gomez:

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)charges the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) with the task of disbursing $6.85 billion dollars via grants for broadband infrastructure and adoption programs. The FCC has also recently announced its intent to develop a national broad­band plan.

The mission of Homework Central, Inc. is to improve children's academic achievement by providing a literacy-rich, safe and nurturing environment through one-on-one mentoring relationships with caring teenagers and adults. We are providing homework assistance to children who are academically at-risk and do not have stable academic assistance at home. During the school year 2008-2009, we have served 45 children of which 71 percent of their families are at or below poverty level and 33 percent are in an Individual Education Program at school.

A recent donation of three new computers through Connect Ohio enabled our program to help these at-risk children to reach their full potential. The No Child Left Offline program, which is made possible by the public-private partnership of Connect Ohio, is helping us to add a computer lab to our reading room and life skills activities area.

Next year's goal is to be able to serve up to 60 children in our program. Our ultimate goal is that additional community organizations will provide similar programs in their neighborhoods. We are dedicated to offering our assistance to these programs. To date, two other community organizations have patterned their programs after Homework Central, Inc.

As you implement the Broadband Data Improvement Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and as you develop a national broadband plan for America, I urge you to support and fund programs such as Connect Ohio. The Connect Ohio program works across the state to stimulate demand for broadband and computer use through local technology planning, broadband mapping, local research, and digital literacy projects such as No Child Left Offline.

Every state should have a program like Connect Ohio.

Sincerely,

Chuck Riley
Board Chairman

cc:
Ken Kuchno, Director, Broadband Division,Rural Utilities Service, USDA
Mark Seifert, Senior Advisor, NTIA
Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications, NTIA
Scott Deutchman, Legal Advisor, Office of Commissioner Michael Copps, Federal Communications Commission

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"NTIAHelpDesk NTIAHelpDesk" <NTIAHelpDesk@ntia.doc.gov>

(Late Submission)


>>> John Chuang 4/13/2009 6:28:48 PM >>>
Dear sir or madam,

Please accept the attached comments of Cinergy MetroNet, Inc. I tried
to upload it online but your website seems to not be accepting any
additional filings. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks for your attention to this matter.

John Chuang
Corporate Counsel
(913) 754-3339

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"Francine Jefferson" <fjefferson@ntia.doc.gov>

(Late Submission)


>>> "Greg Johnson2" 5/1/2009 10:28:59 AM >>>

Ms. Francine Jefferson
TOP Program Officer
National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB)
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230


Dear Ms. Jefferson,

My name is Greg Johnson, and I am the CTO for the Virginia
Commonwealth
University Health System (VCUHS), a major inner-city Academic Medical
Center, located in downtown Richmond Virginia. I am writing you to
discuss
the possibility of developing a grant proposal and submittal in support
of
our Electronic Medical Record system as well as other clinical and
non-clinical systems utilizing wireless technology.

Several months ago we opened up our new Critical Care Hospital (CCH) -
a
state-of-the-art facility designed to maximize the integrated usage of
a
wide variety of disparate wireless systems, ranging from 802.11
wireless
Networks, to Telemetry Systems, to ASCOM & Vocera VoIP communications
systems, paging systems, cell phones, sophisticated NICU monitoring
equipment, etc. The CCH has been extremely successful in its
implementation
of this wireless technology, resulting in improved patient outcomes,
greater patient care and patient safety. The backbone for this
complex,
cutting-edge technology is a system called The InnerWireless Horizon
System, which is essentially a passive Distributed Antennae System
(DAS)
which was installed during the physical construction of the CCH. This
system facilitates the usage of a wide array of wireless technologies
between the frequency range of 400 MHz to 6000 MHz , enabling and
providing
ubiquitous, stable, and reliable coverage throughout this large (15
story,
376,000 sq. ft.) facility. The success and adoption of the technology
has
been extremely well received by clinicians and patients alike. In terms
of
the complexity of the environment we have created, it is one of the
only
Institutions in the world that has achieved this level of integration
and
success.

That's the good news. Now to the reason for my email. In the realm of
unintended consequences, we have created a situation wherein the rest
of
our Medical Center, which does not enjoy an InnerWireless backbone,
has
quickly become a "sore point" amongst our clinicians as they have
readily
seen that they are not able to provide the same level of service, use
the
same level of integrated technology, or have the same level of
wireless
technology reliability as in the CCH. This is viewed as an
unacceptable
situation. However, in order for us to retrofit our pre-existing
physical
structures (specifically our Main and North Hospitals both of which are
on
our Urban campus, as is the CCH), we would need to spend somewhere in
the
neighborhood of $3-$3.5M to bring the InnerWireless system into the
existing facilities.

It is our belief that by doing so, not only would the rest of the
Medical
Center enjoy the same high level of patient services as the new CCH
does,
but it will raise the level of care in the Central Virginia area
significantly, as well as serve as a model for other Health Systems
throughout the country. Working in partnership with our vendor,
InnerWireless, we would like to work with you to help us in crafting a
proposal that would meet your grant submission criteria so that we
could
apply for a grant enabling us to achieve this retrofit and realize all
of
the benefits noted above.

I would very much appreciate setting up a time to either talk with you,
or
perhaps even meet with you in person, to discuss our proposal, and how
we
can go about developing this proposal. I should note that neither
myself
nor my team, nor our partners at InnerWireless have any grant writing
experience, and would therefore need your assistance in developing a
viable
proposal.

Please feel free to contact me and/or Mr. Frank Lasky of InnerWireless
at
the numbers listed below, or via email. I look forward to speaking with
you
in the very near future.

Sincerely,

Greg Johnson

Director & CTO
IT Technology & Engineering Services
VCU Health System Information Systems
804.828.6153

Frank J. Lasky
Director of Sales
InnerWireless, Inc
15446 Legacy Way
Haymarket, VA 20169
(703) 754-7345 Wired
(571) 277-0458 Wireless
flasky@innerwireless.com
www.innerwireless.com
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Ed Lazowska <lazowska@cs.washington.edu>

(Late Submission)
I am pleased to submit this white paper, formally endorsed by organizations that represent all 50 states, over 2200 colleges and universities, 30 state and regional networks, 44 corporations, and international reach to networks in 90 countries. America's state and regional network reach over 55,000 institutions including K-12 schools, community colleges, colleges and universities, libraries, hospitals, clinics, medical research centers, agricultural extension sites, museums, and community and performing arts centers.


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PETITION TO FCC AND U.S. CONGRESS - EXAMINE DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES - 2.5GHZ EBS BAND SPECTRUM LEAS

(Late Submission)
TO FCC - CONGRESS - PETITION TO EXAMINE DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES - 2.5GHZ EBS BAND SPECTRUM LEASES

During the two weeks of BTOP public meetings there were several comments and questions regarding the use of the 2.5GHz Educational Broadband Service (EBS) to facilitate implementation of BTOP initiatives.

This 2.5GHz band has been under a lot of scrutiny because of the way it was acquired by Sprint (Nextel) and Clearwire.

This 2.5GHz spectrum could be considered a VERY valuable Community asset and be used to greatly enhance the BTOP in all Urban, Suburban AND Rural markets within the United States.

This petition contains an introduction explaining the FCC rule and policy changes in the 2.5GHz band that allowed Sprint (Nextel) and Clearwire to negotiate long term leases with our local Community Colleges, Universities, School Boards, Churches and other local non-profits from which this spectrum was "acquired".

Due to the FCC policy and rule changes Sprint (Nextel) and Clearwire have acquired long term lease rights to our 2.5GHz band in over eighty-five percent of major metropolitan service areas (MSA)within the United States.

There are many questions and concerns surrounding these dealings. The public BTOP meetings helped to bring these concerns to light.

This is an extremely important issue and as 4G or WiMAX teeters on the fence of becoming a viable solution for BTOP initiatives it is important to examine and identify all assets available to bring the BTOP initiatives to frution and to develop a practical and sustainable nationwide broadband plan.

Petition Website: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/WiMAX-BTOP-EBS-Spectrum

Please see attachments below...

Thank you,

Brad Bowman
Program Director, AccessDelray.org
http://www.accessdelray.org
bbowman@accessdelray.org

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Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance

(Late Submission)
March 18, 2009

Dr. Bernadette McGuire-Rivera
Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunication
and Information Applications
NTIA
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

Mr. David Grahn
Associate General Counsel
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Development
Room 2017
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear Dr. McGuire-Rivera and Mr. Grahn:

The members of the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance (ITTA) are mid-size telecommunications providers that serve nearly 30 million customers in 44 states. Our members serve some of the most rural parts of the country, where technological and geographical limitations, combined with market economics, create formidable challenges to high-speed Internet deployment.
Consistent with the points we made throughout the drafting of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), ITTA members strongly believe that the $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus money should be focused on unserved parts of our country. Building out broadband to the unserved will do more to create jobs and open up new economic opportunity than diverting money to other purposes. Making broadband available everywhere will also facilitate other ARRA objectives, such as intelligent transportation systems, electronic medical health records and smart-grid technology. Unless ARRA’s limited funds are focused on bridging the gap between the broadband haves and have nots, ARRA could actually widen today’s digital divide. ARRA is an excellent start to close existing broadband gaps, but it is vitally important to ensure that funding is utilized as efficiently as possible to extend broadband’s reach as far as possible. Thus, connecting the unserved should be the agency’s foremost priority.
The full potential of broadband remains beyond the grasp of many Americans living in rural and other high-cost and hard-to-serve parts of the country. A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted that, due to higher costs and low adoption rates, at least 9.3% of rural households do not have access to any type of broadband services. In spite of the challenges of serving Rural America, ITTA members have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to bring the opportunity-building tool of broadband to 85-90% of their customers, which is in line with the availability in the more urban parts of our country.



Given current cost and demand conditions, however, we are unable to make a reasonable business case for building out broadband to the most rural areas that remain. This is why it is vitally important that the broadband stimulus funding be targeted as grants to areas that are currently unserved.
The broadband stimulus funding brings the opportunity to connect all Americans to broadband one step closer, and we must not let this opportunity pass us by. The stimulus funding is an important “down payment” on America’s broadband future, but the enormity of the task requires focus and discipline in this first step.
Sincerely,



Curt Stamp
President, ITTA

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b.concepcion@ieee.org

(Late Submission)
(Sent on behalf of Deborah Rudolph.)

Attached is IEEE-USA's comments on the new Broadband Technology
Opportunities Program (BTOP)
being established by the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA) as contained
with Section 6001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(Recovery Act).

Should you have any questions or need more information, please contact
Deborah Rudolph at (202) 530-8332, or at d.rudolph@ieee.org.

Thank you.





Bernadette Concepcion
Staff Assistant, Government Relations
IEEE-USA
2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
+ 202 530 8365, phone
+ 202 785 0835, fax
E-mail: b.concepcion@ieee.org
www.ieeeusa.org

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IEEE. Fostering technological innovation and
excellence for the benefit of humanity.

Celebrating 125 Years of Engineering the Future
www.ieee125.org

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Alvarion, Inc.

(Late Submission)
See attached.

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Brad Bowman - AccessDelray.org

(Late Submission)
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) - Response to Request for Information

BTOP focus should be on educating the public about the true benefits of ubiquitous broadband infrastructures with major emphasis on the formation of local Public/Private Partnerships (P3's) playing an integral role in establishing Community, Municipal, City or County wide broadband infrastructures, communications, internet access and services.

These ground level P3’s will invite carefully designed and GSA specific criteria that will lead to streamlining grant/loan application processes, network implementation and deployment, monitoring and transparency for BTOP initiatives in Urban, Suburban AND Rural markets.

Complete Summary - http://www.accessdelray.org

Brad Bowman
Program Director, AccessDelray.org
Technology Committee, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, FL.
http://www.accessdelray.org
bbowman@accessdelray.org

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"Hance Haney" <hhaney@dc.discovery.org>

(Late Submission)
Please see attached.

Hance Haney
Director & Senior Fellow
Technology & Democracy Project
Discovery Institute
1015 15th Street, N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 558-7083

Blogs: www.disco-tech.org
& www.techliberation.com



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Michael Swack

(Late Submission)
Maximum impact can be achieved through funding that goes through a knowledgeable state-wide intermediary that can underwrite, fund/finance a variety of regional and community based broadband projects, thus achieving greater reach and impact. See attached concept paper for how this could work in New Hampshire. The model is appropriate for other states as well.

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Bryan Martin

(Late Submission)
As an attendee of the Las Vegas public meeting, I noticed a lot of dialog and confusion around the definition of "broadband" -- specifically, how broadband should be defined for purposes of the recovery program.

As a 2006 appointee to the California Broadband Task Force (see http://www.calink.ca.gov/taskforcereport/) and Chair of the group's Emerging Technologies and New Applications working group, we struggled with the exact same issue and conflicts, namely, not wanting to draw a firm line at a certain bandwidth which may arbitrarily exclude a specific technology, or make our findings obsolete a short while after our report was published.

To solve this issue, we recognized that "broadband" was a spectrum of bandwidths that enabled an end-user to perform online applications at a reasonable performance to that user. We also included certain "must-have" features for broadband (always-on, maximum ratio of downstream-to-upstream speeds). The definition, taken from page 12 of the report referenced above, is included as an attachment to this comment.

As you will see in the attachment, we recognized that broadband speeds are likely to improve by orders of magnitude in a very short period of time (as demonstrated by speed improvements to date), and included a catalog of applications and uses that are available at each of the bandwidth milestones. I believe that by viewing the broadband bandwidth spectrum using a scale that increases by factors of 10 (1Mbit, 10Mbit, 100Mbit, 1000Mbits, etc.) is a much more useful approach to defining broadband than just trying to define a narrow set of bandwidth speeds. Much like the Richter scale, which measures seismic activity in magnitudes 10 times larger than the previous level, I believe you will find such a view and definition of "broadband" to better serve everyone, and not threaten the future relevance of your findings.

If I can provide further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Bryan Martin
Chairman & CEO, 8x8, Inc. (Nasdaq: EGHT)

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"Winstead, Don" <Don.Winstead@LASPBS.STATE.FL.US>

(Late Submission)
Please find attached comments for the National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) and Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Provisions of the American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These comments are submitted in accordance with the instructions found in the Federal Register posting of March 12, 2009. These comments are submitted on behalf of the State of Florida. Thank you.

Don Winstead
Special Advisor
to Governor Charlie Crist
Telephone: 850-487-7914 (Assistant, Joan Morgan)
Direct Line: 850-488-5228
Cell: 850-528-6099
Email: Don.Winstead@myflorida.com





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"Pam Walker" <PWalker@amrms.com>

(Late Submission)
Attached are NASCIO's comment regarding the role of the state with broadband funding in the Recovery Act.

Sincerely,

Pam Richardson Walker
Director, Government Affairs
NASCIO
444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Suite 642
Washington, DC 20001-1511
T: (202) 624-8477
F: (202) 624-7745







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Rural Internet and Broadband Policy Group

(Late Submission)
The Rural Internet and Broadband Policy Group respectfully submits the attached document as our comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural Utilities Service.

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National Exchange Carrier Association, Inc.

(Late Submission)
See attachment below

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"McMenamin, Michael T \(Michael\)" <mcmenamin@alcatel-lucent.com>

(Late Submission)
Please see the attached letter from Robert Vrij, President
Alcatel-Lucent, in response to a letter dated April 2, 2009 by Zhone's
CEO, Mory Ejabat, regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's
"Buy American" provision.



Sincerely,



Michael Thomas McMenamin

Sr. Counsel - Managing Director

Americas Region

Alcatel-Lucent

1100 New York Avenue, NW

Suite 640 West Tower

Washington, DC 20005



Direct Number: 202.312.5916

Mobile: 703.307.4920

mcmenamin@alcatel-lucent.com



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"Clare Liedquist (UW)" <Clare@utopianwireless.com>

(Late Submission)
Dear Sir or Madam:

Please find attached the Comments of Utopian Wireless Corporation filed in Docket number 090309298-9299-01. These comments were also filed through the Web comment filing system.

Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Clare C. Liedquist
Utopian Wireless Corporation
www.utopianwireless.com
VP, Licensee Relations
Tel: (240) 821-9700, ext. 203
Fax: (301) 656-2328





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Wes Rosenbalm

(Late Submission)
Please see attached letter.

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"Schill, Robert" <rob.schill@e-copernicus.com>

(Late Submission)
Please accept these comments on behalf of New EA (dba Flow Mobile). For
further information you may reach:



Sree Tangella, President and CEO

New EA

1915 North Kavaney Drive

Bismarck, ND 58501

Office: 701.255.9500

Mobile: 650.704.7888

E-mail: sreemave@yahoo.com


Thank you.



Rob Schill

Director of Federal Affairs, e-Copernicus

(Executive Director, VTIC)

317 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Suite 200

Washington, D.C. 20002

Direct: 202-292-4604






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John Bilda

(Late Submission)
see attached

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"Bill Boone" <bboone@uga.edu>

(Late Submission)
Dear Ms. McGuire-Rivera, we are preparing a BTOP submission, and had the
following questions for clarification.



We have included them in a Microsoft Word document, but have also copied
them into the email due to the many different versions of Word in use today.



We thank you in advance for your assistance.



Most Sincerely,



Bill Boone



William T. Boone

Director, Center of Innovation for Agriculture

P.O. Box 7350

Tifton, Georgia 31793

Phone 229-391-6883

Fax 229-391-6880

http://agriculture.georgiainnovation.org







Center of Innovation for Agribusiness

Rural Broadband Fixed Wireless Initiative

April 2009





Bernadette McGuire-Rivera

Associate Administrator

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

U.S. Department of Commerce

Room 4812

1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20230





Dear Ms. McGuire-Rivera:





The absence of affordable internet connectivity in rural America today is
preventing economic growth, hindering agricultural innovation and stifling
our ability to educate our children and prepare our workforce. Nowhere is
this truer than in rural South Georgia, Northwest Florida, and Southeast
Alabama. Broadband internet access is the most important, over arching and
affordable economic development tool we can provide to rural America.



Our South Georgia collaborative intends to apply for a portion of the
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funds, as outlined in the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.



Budgetary estimates to establish the Wireless High Speed Internet Connection
are approximately $1 million per rural county. This varies with the size of
the county and the number of towers needed to provide adequate coverage for
the communities, shops, homes and farms. When compared to a local county,
who was just awarded $3.2 million to connect fiber optic cable to 85% of the
geography in the county, this is a substantial savings and a higher rate of
homes covered. This will vary with the size of the county and the number of
towers needed to provide adequate coverage.



Our initial program will include up to 50 counties.







We have the following questions:



* Will the USDA RUS program allow a multi-state and multi-county
grant for a "smart grid" type rural broadband project?

* How will the funds for broadband stimulus projects be awarded?
Directly to the grant requestor or will the funds have to go through the
State?

* Will the states be able to dictate which projects get funded with
these grants (both NTIA and RUS)? How much influence will they be able to
assert?

* How will the grant funds be distributed? Fully funded with
reporting? Or as a draw down based on monies spent? Or draw down based on
P.O. like the RUS Broadband Loan program?

* Can any of the stimulus money be used to conduct engineering
assessment and design of project?

* Can engineering assessment and design be considered part of the
20% match requirement?

* Will there be a new set of guidelines that allow broadband
borrowers to borrow in market areas where there are presently USDA or
Commerce borrowers?

* Will there be guidelines for incumbents to either deploy
ubiquitous broadband or lose their protected borrower status?

* When will the new grant applications be available or is it
appropriate to use the current grant applications? What are the projected
timelines for the applications; submission and action on the application?







Respectfully Submitted,





W.T. Boone

Director, Center of Innovation for Agribusiness



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Rene True

(Late Submission)
Please find comments in Docket Number 090309298-9299-01 attached.
Sincerely,
Rene True
Executive Director
ConnectKentucky

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Geoff Feiss <gfeiss@telecomassn.org>

(Late Submission)
Attached, in both Word (.doc) and Adobe (.pdf) formats, are the comments of
the Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) in response to the joint
request for information of the Departments of Commerce (National
Telecommunications and Information Administration) and Agriculture (Rural
Utilities Service) re: Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.

Please feel free to call or reply if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Geoff Feiss
Montana Telecommunications Association
406.442.4316 (office)
406.594.0424 (mobile)



Serving Montana¹s telecommunications industry for 55 years

NOTE: this communication may contain confidential and privileged material
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Sara C Wedeman, Ph.D.

(Late Submission)
This is actually a question/concern. Two days ago, I submitted a comment, along with two documents in pdf format, to this site. So far, I don't see any evidence to suggest you have received them. I'm attaching the confirmation page I got, in case it will help you locate them. Thank you! Sara Wedeman

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Richard Taylor

(Late Submission)
Advanced Emergency Communications Coalition comments on ARRA NTIA RUS Broadband Programs

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TechAmerica

(Late Submission)
It looks like my email didn't properly show the attachment. I am re-posting to make sure.

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"Harrington, J.G." <JHarrington@dowlohnes.com>

(Late Submission)
This message from the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, may contain
confidential or privileged information. If you received this
transmission in error, please call us immediately at (202)776-2000 or
contact us by E-mail at admin@dowlohnes.com. Disclosure or use of any
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On behalf of our client Cox Communications, Inc., I am transmitting to
you herewith an electronic version of Cox's comments in response to the
joint request for information and notice of public meetings of the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Rural
Utilities Service. The comments are submitted in the form of a
Microsoft Word document.

Please inform me if any questions should arise in connection with this
submission.

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Counsel to Cox Communications, Inc.


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"John Crigler" <JCRIGLER@gsblaw.com>

(Late Submission)
On behalf of Native Public Media, I hereby submit its initial comments
with respect to the BTOP program (Docket no. 090309298-9299-01).



John Crigler


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this communication (including attachments) is not intended to be used,
and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding federal tax penalties.

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you believe that it has been sent to you in error, please notify the
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Governor Freudenthal of Wyoming

(Late Submission)
Please find attached Governor Dave Freudenthal's comments on the broadband stimulus program

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Lawrence Zawalick

(Late Submission)
See attached

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Elizabeth Kelley

(Late Submission)
see attachment, please

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Charles Benton

(Late Submission)
Attached are Comments of the Benton Foundation and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Graduate School of Library & Information Science on
Measuring the Success of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

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Cheetah Wireless Technologies, Inc.

(Late Submission)
To Whom it May Concern:

Attached, you will find the comments of Cheetah Wireless Technologies, Inc. ("CWTI") in response to the NTIA/RUS Joint Request for Information under NTIA Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mitchell Gonzalez
President and CEO
Cheetah Wireless Technologies, Inc.

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Oris Friesen <oris@cox.net>

(Late Submission)














Attached please find the response from the Arizona Telecommunications

and Information Council (ATIC) NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities

Program.



Regards,



Oris Friesen, Vice Chair

Arizona Telecommunications and Information Council (ATIC)







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Students enrolled in the Communications and Technology Class

(Late Submission)
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"Vickie Edwards" <vedwards@inline.com>

(Late Submission)
Dear Ms. McGuire-Rivera:



On behalf of InLine, I would like to submit the following comments
regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband
Initiatives. As a Total Solutions Provider, InLine believes that
extending broadband capabilities throughout the nation is key to
spurring economic development and promoting efficiencies in public and
private service operations. We look forward to the opportunity to work
in conjunction with the NTIA, RUS, and state and local agencies in these
endeavors.



If you require more detail or clarification, please do not hesitate to
contact me.



Sincerely,



Vickie Edwards, MPA

Grant Specialist

InLine Connections

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