Joint Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Request for Information

March 12, 2009
Docket Number: 

American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives

David Glynn <>

(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments from Cumberland Internet, Inc. regarding the
proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Attached comments are in a Word format dcoument titled
rural-broadband.doc. We are also including a PDF format of the same
document, in case there are formatting issues. titled rural-broadband.pdf.

Thank you.

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"Fritz, Matt" <>

(Late Submission)
Attached, please find comments prepared in response to the Federal
Register notice concerning the ARRA Broadband initiative.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Matt Fritz
Office of M. Jodi Rell
State of Connecticut

ARRA Broadband comments ltr 4-13-09.tif 1.38 MB

Alan Freece

(Late Submission)
Our comments are in the attached PDF file.

NTIA and RUS.pdf 143.64 KB

CTIA - The Wireless Association, Independent Telephone & Telecommunications Alliance, PCIA - The Wir

(Late Submission)

Joint Association Letter to Locke.pdf 24.55 KB

Bruce McFadden

"Andrew Ramsey" <>

(Late Submission)
To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Andrew Ramsey and I am writing in response to the 15 questions
issued relative to the BTOP initiative. I work for Troy Cablevision, Inc.
located in Troy, AL. Troy Cablevision is currently seeking grant monies
pursuant to the Stimulus Package and the Broadband Technology Opportunities
Program. We feel like the stimulus package offers an opportunity to fund
broadband projects in rural areas that would otherwise not be financially
feasible. We currently supply fiber to the home technology in 3 counties of
Southeast Alabama. Fiber to the home is the most cost effective, high
quality, and efficient means of broadband deployment. It is our position
that these efforts will allow educational and economic growth potential for
rural children and residents of Southeast Alabama that would rival those
opportunities our urban counterparts currently enjoy. Construction into the
rural areas will immediately create additional jobs which will have an
ancillary effect of sustaining all the businesses that make up our
communities. Like the road and highway systems built in this country a
century ago; this new infrastructure will allow the farmers, and citizenry
of the Second Congressional District to take their products to market
nationally and internationally from the comforts of our homes.


Andrew Ramsey

Troy Cablevision, Inc.

1006 S. Brundidge Street

Troy, AL 36081

Office: 334.770.3359

Cell: 205.535.0398

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Don S. Samuelson

(Late Submission)
Supplemental Comment to NTIA
On Behalf of DSSA Strategies
Don S. Samuelson, President

This is a supplemental comment to complement the earlier comments I made on specific questions set out by NTIA in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No.47/Thursday, March 12, 2009/Notices. It is a comment on question #15, “other issues that NTIA should consider in creating BTOP within the confines of the statutory structure established by the Recovery Act.” I hope it can prompt additional commentary and discussion.

15 The purposes of the stimulus programs were to create jobs in the short run, and to provide structural investments that will have positive benefits on the U.S. economy in the long run. The degree to which these individual applications advance these two overarching objectives of the stimulus program needs to be incorporated into the evaluation of applications for support to both NTIA and RUS.

There needs to be a common denominator by which to review the various funding proposals to be reviewed by NTIA. They are going to involve various program purposes, technologies, size and geographical area of request. A standardized evaluation methodology needs to be developed – like the SAT and LSAT tests which were developed to provide a standard measurement that could be used to evaluated applicants from colleges and law schools, with very different competitive structures in high schools and colleges and grade definitions.

One element of a standardized evaluation system would be to consider would be to make determinations on the basis of dollars requested (with an appropriate adjustment for the actual net costs to the government) for loan guarantees, loans and grants. A second would be the nature, number of immediate and indirect jobs that will be created by the proposed project over various time horizons up to September, 2010 and for the two subsequent years. The third would be to describe the nature of the “positive externalities” that are intended to result from the funding of the application and a reasonable explanation to support those estimates of future benefits.

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Gerard M. Locke, Sr.

(Late Submission)
Please see attached pdf. Thanks you.

BSI NTIA_RUS Comments.pdf 99.57 KB

Frank Hansen

(Late Submission)
Mahaska Communication Group respectfully submits the attached document as our comments to the NTIA and RUS.

MCG BTOP Comments.pdf 29.63 KB

Jim Baker

(Late Submission)
see attached

BTOP_responses.doc 758.5 KB
BTOP_responses.doc 758.5 KB

Deswood Tome

(Late Submission)
Attached letter contains comments on behalf of the Navajo Nation.

NavajoNationBroadbandComments 032509W.doc 32.5 KB
NavajoNationBroadbandComments 032509W.doc 32.5 KB

Eric Callisto, Mark Meyer, Lauren Azar

(Late Submission)
Comments of the three Commissioners are attached

NTIA RUS Broadband Comments 4-13-09.pdf 55.45 KB

"Rich Coast News" <>

(Late Submission)

Story 1. Costa Rica's battle for popularity – A delicate balance
Story 2. U.S. chamber backs ending Cuban trade embargo
Story 3. 100,000 monthly to use new Heredia rail line

Story 1.
Costa Rica's battle for popularity – A delicate balance

They used to call Alajuela, the second biggest town in Costa Rica's warm central valley, Villa Hermosa, or "pretty city".
Any Sunday morning in the main square will show you why.
It is laid out in the usual Spanish colonial style, the centre of a grid of streets where civic powers meet. But the cathedral, the town hall and the bank look down not on some barren plaza, but on a lively ornamental park.
Costa Rica is rich in plant and bird life, all nurtured by fertile volcanic soils, and the Parque Central de Alajuela is loud with squawking parrots and pigeons splashing in the rococo fountain, under palm trees which zoom like frozen fireworks into the blue sky.
And at 10am every Sunday, on the back echo of the cathedral clock, a conductor taps his baton on the music stand, and the municipal orchestra strikes up its first selection from the great canon of European and American brass band music.
But the opening piece that week was Rossini's overture to William Tell. This became the theme tune to The Lone Ranger, on TV but it is from an opera about a small country's patriotic resistance to foreign tyranny.
Continued below….

Would you prefer to view a PDF version? If so, follow the link below.

It was appropriate here because Alajuela is the home-town of Costa Rica's national hero, Juan Santamaria, who died 150 years ago.

There is a museum dedicated to him, just a block away from the Parque Central. I asked a school girl who Juan Santamaria was. "He's the drummer boy who expelled the filibusters [pirates]" she said instantly.
"He carried the torch that drove out the American invaders."
She was referring to a crucial incident in the thwarting of William Walker, a fanatical US adventurer who landed in Nicaragua with an army of mercenaries in 1855, declared himself president and set about conquering all Central America with a view to instituting slavery and building a ship canal.
Among the improvised civilian militias who opposed him was Juan Santamaria, a poor lad who looked after his widowed mother.
Walker's mercenaries were holed up in a town called Rivas in a building with a thatched roof, and the only way to get them out was to set it on fire.
Two other men were shot down before Juan Santamaria managed to set the roof ablaze. He died the next day, of a combination of wounds and fever but the smoked-out Walker ended up before a firing-squad in Trujillo, Honduras in 1860.
Tourism riches
A century and a half on, visitors to Costa Rica are likely to be holding the Lonely Planet travel guide and be looking for a good cup of coffee and an internet connection.
And they will probably find both and be welcomed.
Costa Rica's number one earner is now tourism, overtaking coffee and bananas, melons and meat.
Time was when Costa Rica was famous for cutting down its forests for cattle ranches to make hamburgers for the US. But then people realised that Costa Rica had an ecological and biological diversity that was worth more alive than dead.
Visitors will pay to see the life of wet and dry tropical forest, rain forest, cloud forest. They want to surf in warm seas and ride horses and watch an active volcano from a Jacuzzi. Ornithologists and twitchers will pay a lot for what one guide, in his mangled English, described as "bird-squashing".
Thus over a quarter of the country is now protected in reserves and national parks, and they market the country under the slogan "Pure Life"
Economic 'upset'
It was the last country in the isthmus to sign CAFTA, the Central America Free Trade Agreement, which opens up all markets to the superpower in the north.
The chill wind of economic liberalism may upset some cosily corrupt arrangements, especially among the trade unions, but President Oscar Arias argues that his small trading country had to sign or be passed over by Washington in favor of other Central American signatory countries, and to stay competitive with these countries.
In turn, Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia formed a People's Union to share food and doctors and energy. Hugo Chavez, the ex-military populist who runs oil-rich Venezuela was invited to Oscar Arias's inauguration but did not make it.
Costa Rica would love to get a deal on cheaper petrol, however, and recently signed a deal with China to build a new 300 million US dollar refinery with a view to keeping up with growing demand for petro fuels and keeping prices as low as possible for consumers in the future.
Chavez has since made nice with Arias and crude is flowing north from Venezuela to Costa Rica for refining.
Arias's first cabinet, which included five women, was said to have more PhDs in it than any governing body in the Americas. They are smart enough to keep lines open to both north and south.
Like Alajuela's fine musicians they can play rancheras and sambas as well as the theme tune of "The Lone Ranger".

Story 2.
U.S. chamber backs ending Cuban trade embargo
The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says lifting the near five-decade long U.S. embargo on Cuba will bring significant economic opportunities to American and Cuban workers alike. He made the case Tuesday at a news conference in the U.S. Congress.

The man, Thomas Donahue, said his group is supporting the efforts of some U.S. lawmakers to end the trade embargo on Cuba. He said engaging with Cuba will help the Communist nation move toward a more democratic society.

"I would say that if you want to open up Cuba to the things that we value, then send a whole lot of Americans down there to talk about what life is really like, to talk about economic opportunity, to go down there and take along with them opportunities to trade and invest and develop," said Donahue.

The U.S. imposed an economic embargo on Cuba in the early 1960s when it moved toward communism and aligned with Russia during the Cold War.

U.S. President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel and money transfers to Cuba by Cuban Americans last month in a gesture to its Communist rulers. But, he left the embargo in place and urged them to take the next step, by increasing political freedom.

Donahue says lifting the embargo
will give U.S. businesses significant opportunities to sell agricultural and manufactured goods to Cuba and to develop offshore oil fields. He says those opportunities are seized instead by other countries.

Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican, said
at the news conferencehe supports opening up to Cuba even though he is not sure how its government would react.

"I think the experience has been around the world that economic freedom and reform typically precedes political freedom and reform. It does not always happen, but it is more likely than not," said Flake. "But in this case we should do it because it is in our interest and every American should be able to travel wherever they want unless there is a compelling national
security reason and there is not one

Charles Rangel, House Ways and Means Committee chairman, is leading efforts in Congress to end the embargo on Cuba. The New York Democrat said the embargo gives Cuba's rulers a scapegoat for their mistakes and lifting it will boost the U.S. standing on the world stage.

But Cuban American representatives in Congress strongly oppose any relaxing of restrictions on relations with Cuba. They say increased revenue from tourism and trade only would strengthen the government of President Raúl Castro.

Roger Noriega is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and a former State Department official in the George W. Bush administration. He says Americans who call for unilateral concessions to Cuba are lobbying on
" What these people are doing when they go down and make their deals is aid and abet a regime that is keeping 11 million Cuban people in bondage," he said. "Why would any American businessmen want to keep in power a regime that has destroyed the Cuban economy."

Noriega says maintaining sanctions will give the U.S. leverage to press Cuba's rulers to release political prisoners and grant their citizens political rights.

Story 3.

100,000 monthly to use new Heredia rail line
Government officials are expecting about 94,000 persons a month to take a trip on the new San José-Heredia line. And they said there will be 42 trips a day on the 9.67-kilometer (6-mile) route.

Now that one of the last administrative steps has been taken, setting the fare, rail service is expected to begin during the last half of this month. Those who take the train will be able to avoid the continual traffic jam between La Uruca and Heredia Centro.

The one-way fare will be 350 colons, about 62 U.S. cents at the current rate of exchange. The Authoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos announced the fare Wednesday. The government rail company, Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, got just five colons less than it had requested.

The train will make two stops along the route, including one at Cinco Esquinas in Tibás.

The Authoridad was the agency that computed the likely number of riders. That would be about half capacity for the new rail cars.

The rail agency bought cars from the Spanish-owned Ferrocarriles Españoles de Vía Estrecha. The price regulating authority said that the fare structure will be published in the La Gaceta official newspaper around May 14. That will be the last administrative step.Transport officials originally planned to resume the service in December and then April. There were problems with the rail bed, and many of the wooden ties have been replaced with modern concrete ones.

The rail agency suffered some embarrassment when President Óscar Arias Sánchez took a rail trip to Heredia to celebrate that province's birthday. A car jumped the track during the trip.

The San José end sports a new terminal just north of Parque Nacional and just west of the former Estación al Atlántico on Avenida 1.

The government said it will seek a concessionaire to take over the line and convert it to electricity.

The track has several grade crossings, including two just west of Hospital Calderón Guardia. There are no signals or crossing gates, and the train blows its horn repeatedly as it approaches a crossing.

The 10-kilometer valley train from Pavas to San Pedro has been involved in accidents and there have been three deaths.

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(Late Submission)
Most suppliers to US broadband operators produce most or all of their
equipment in Asia. Please provide a strong, credible application of the
stimulus bill's Buy American provision. Otherwise Billions of our dollars
could go to vendors manufacturing in Asia. There are still some vendors
keeping manufacturing here and those should be given preference.

Randy Stone, President

Frontier Computer Corp.

4025 Bronze Way

Dallas, TX 75237

800-527-6438, ext. 102

Direct# 214-330-3302
Fax# 214-331-5489

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Houston Harris County Coalition

(Late Submission)
Please see attached.

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George Rogers <>

(Late Submission)

My name is George Rogers III, I am a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and
CEO to Bestin Broadband Inc, Consultant and General Contractor to the
Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board.

Here is my abbreviated input to the panel as our information is designed to
garner further input from your offices.

Please review our progress thus far and understand our intent to become a
viable resource for your offices in the very near future in regard to Indian
Country Technology.

This information has been shared and discussed with the FCC Tribal Liaison
office and is understood to be potentially viable. It will be submitted to
the FCC as an item adress ITEM #4 in the current FCC RFI...

It is shared with you here as an example our our capabilities as a combined
force currently in place within Indian Country. However, we feel the actual
responsible agency is the DOI, thus it is addressed to the DOI Scty. as a
way to start the ball moving....

All supporting documentation was developed from October 08 Forward with
Direct intention of intersecting with the process now currently underplace.
The information has been reviewed by our team as also being viable and
potentially economically cost savings an issue we by necessity are forced to
consider, which results in a more sustainable model for the country in
regards to Telehealth Coverage.

We are looking forward to further discussions.

Kindest Regards,
George Rogers III

EAGLES_BTOP Cover 13APR09.doc 46 KB
American Indian Petition for Technology Recognition 2009 v.1_PREANY.doc 32 KB
Resolution_2008-14.pdf 3.76 MB
EAGLES Unsolicited Proposal to 44th Admin..ppt 481 KB
Indian Country Telehealth Demonstration Project Report.doc 158.5 KB

Kelly Wilkins

(Late Submission)
see attached

HEMC-BB-Comments.doc 109 KB

Frank Knott

(Late Submission)
This submittal is the official testimony of ViTAL Economy to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This submittal is an update and replaces previous communications. Please see the attached PDF submittal testimony.

VE 041009 ARRA WhitePaper.pdf 125.77 KB

"NTIAHelpDesk NTIAHelpDesk" <>

(Late Submission)

NTIA Help Desk
Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Office of Spectrum Management
Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB)
U.S. Department of Commerce / NTIA, Room 4625
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Office: 202-482-4631

>>> Peter Swire 4/10/2009 11:21 AM >>>

Hello: I just tried filing comments for [Docket No. 090309298*9299*01]. I'm not sure if the attachment made it properly -- the confirmation statement did not include the attachment. Here is the attachment, on this email, so I hope you can consider this to fit with the confirmation. I will be away from my computer today after this. My phone is 240.994.4142 if any problems/questions. Thank you, Peter Swire ----------------- Prof. Peter P. SwireC. William O'Neill Professor of LawMoritz College of Law of the Ohio State UniversitySenior Fellow, Center for American Progress(240) 994.4142,


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"Schill, Robert" <>

(Late Submission)
Please accept the attached filing from Bresnan Communications, LLC;
Cequel Communications, LLC dba Suddenlink Communications; Mediacom
Communications Corporation; and Midcontinent Communications.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at the
contact info below.

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

Bresnan Mediacom Midcontinent Suddenlink NTIA RUS Filing 04 13 09.pdf 107.33 KB

John Conley, Deputy Director

(Late Submission)
The State of Colorado (“Colorado”) supports the comments previously filed by NASCIO, NGA, and NARUC. These comments compellingly argue that substantial state involvement in the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (“BTOP”) and RUS’s Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program will help these agencies effectively accomplish their goals under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) in every state. In particular, Colorado strongly urges NTIA and RUS to allow states to have a significant role in determining where grants are directed within their regions. Relative to the respective federal agencies, most states are better positioned to understand the needs of their citizens, factors affecting broadband deployment, and the partnerships and projects that will produce the greatest results as well as evaluate whether those projects are implemented successfully. In short, the states can share the workload with NTIA and RUS by assisting in the selection—and oversight—of the grants awarded to the most deserving recipients.

Colorado believes that NTIA and RUS should allow the states to score grant applications that are generated from within their regions. The scoring criteria should be objective, publically available, and developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Colorado believes that this process will best enable states to communicate their priorities to NTIA and RUS. If NTIA and RUS are guided by Colorado's scoring in selecting projects within Colorado for funding, the goals of the ARRA are most likely to be accomplished. Ideally, the NTIA and RUS would not only encourage the use of such a scoring system, but would empower states engaging in this process (as Colorado intends to do) by refusing to consider applications that did not go through this process.

Further, under the BTOP, states can apply directly for grants for activities that will increase broadband access in underserved and unserved areas and for community resource centers and adoption programs. One such way the State of Colorado intends to participate in the BTOP is to apply for a block grant, which will be sub-granted to private entities for broadband projects in Colorado. Colorado believes NTIA should recognize that such a block grant program will be an effective way to ensure value-laden projects and successful outcomes. Additionally, this type of funding structure would enable Colorado to assist NTIA in the necessary follow-up to make sure that the grant recipients are held to high standards of accountability. Finally, to facilitate such applications, the NTIA should make clear that the 20 percent funding match required under the BTOP would be waived for the State under this type of “block grant” arrangement on the understanding that it would apply to the subsequent sub-grantees awarded the funding.

Finally, in formulating a national mapping and data collection strategy, NTIA should take into consideration that some states, such as Colorado, have already begun mapping projects using non-ARRA and/or Broadband Data Improvement Act funds. In addition to being guided by the experiences of Colorado and other states, NTIA should clarify that matching fund requirements can be satisfied by money that has recently been spent on such projects. The NTIA should also be cautioned not to condition any grants on data collection or reporting requirements that would require a change in state law. Such requirements would be likely to limit the chances that a national mapping initiative would be successful and could hamper existing state projects. Further, NTIA and RUS should encourage the FCC to make the Form 477 census tract broadband data available to the states to enhance and expedite their individual mapping activities and to ensure a minimum level of broadband mapping granularity.

The State of Colorado looks forward to partnering with NTIA, RUS, and the FCC in ensuring that our nation has a successful broadband strategy. Please contact John Conley (303-764-7707; or Dara Hessee (303-764-7709; with any comments or questions.

StateofColorado_NTIA-RUS_PublicComment_FINAL.pdf 592.59 KB

"Jeff Kohler" <>

(Late Submission)
Please accept the comments of JAB Wireless, Inc. regarding the Notice on
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband

Thank you.

Jeff Kohler

JAB Wireless, Inc.

400 Inverness Parkway, Suite 330

Englewood, Colorado 80112

Ph. 303-945-7599

JAB BTOP Comment Letter (NTIA).doc 111.5 KB

Kathy Johnson

(Late Submission)

State of Alabama NTIA RUS Comments 4-13-09.pdf 217.84 KB

Marc Goldburg

(Late Submission)
Please find in the attached PDF file the comment from ASSIA Inc. 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 203 Redwood City CA 94065-1417

ASSIA Comments NTIA Docket 090309298-9299-01 FCC Docket GN 09-04.pdf 204.91 KB

Nevada Telecommunications Association

(Late Submission)
See attached

Questions submitted to USDA 3-12-09.doc 37 KB
Questions submitted to USDA 3-12-09.doc 37 KB

"James McConnaughey" <>

(Late Submission)
The attached describes a March 20, 2009 meeting with OPAD staff and
Space Data plus Counsel.

space data mapping meeting_1.doc 27.5 KB

Joe T. Wood

(Late Submission)
It is important that all citizens have equal access to technology and the benefits it can bring to citizens and communities. It is vital technology access is provided to low-income and at-risk population, espcially to at-risk school students and their familites. We must work to bridge the "technology gap" for these students.

Commentary_on_the_NTIA[1].doc 33 KB
Connect Tennessee.doc 35.5 KB

"Susan Fowler" <>

(Late Submission)

ARRA Grants Comment 04-07-09.pdf 44.02 KB

Alan Inouye

(Late Submission)
See attachment

NTIA-RUS-April13-Final.pdf 170.29 KB

"Karen Kerrigan" <>

(Late Submission)
Dear Sirs:
These comments continue to pop back, or perhaps they have come through -- please confirm that you have recieved them

Karen Kerrigan

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2944 Hunter Mill Road
Suite 204
Oakton, VA 22124

Protecting small business, promoting entrepreneurship

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(Late Submission)
ZeroDivide is a 501(c)(3) public foundation that has invested more than $45 million over the past 10 years in innovative programs that encourage sustainable adoption of broadband services in unserved and underserved communities. ZeroDivide provides financial support, capacity building and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations that benefit low-income, minority, immigrant, non-English speaking, LGBT, aged and disability communities.

The following comments are in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives, Joint request for information and notice of public meetings (Docket No. 090309298-9299-01):

• NTIA should award grants to intermediaries with experience in identifying, funding and supporting innovative technology programs that increase sustainable adoption of broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.
• For-profit entities should be incentivized to partner with non-profit entities that are also applying for BTOP funding.
• Proposals which leverage other Recovery Act projects should be encouraged, but such leverage should not be a requirement to receive funding.
• Applicants should be encouraged, but not required, to address more than one purpose of the BTOP grant program.
• States should not have an advisory role in the allocation of grant funds if they themselves are applicants.
• Funding should be diversified across multiple organizations within a state and not sole-sourced to one entity within a state.
• Organizations that can immediately provide 20% matching cash toward a project should be given greater weighting than those organizations with a contingency to raise matching funds from external sources.
• The broadband mapping effort should include the mapping and tracking of broadband adoption, in addition to broadband availability.

NTIA should consider the following factors in establishing selection criteria for grant awards to stimulate the demand for broadband:
1. A proven track record (5 or more years) in stimulating demand for broadband availability, adoption, and accessibility in unserved and underserved communities.
2. Strong indigenous support within/by members of the targeted communities in specific geographic areas, evidenced by needs/demand assessment or survey data.
3. Proven cost-effective approaches, which leverage both public and private sector resources.
4. All Computer Centers and NTIA-funded programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
5. Experience in creating a reasonable level of sustainable economic impact/revenue generation (i.e. social enterprise), which will support sustained broadband usage and ongoing adoption within economically challenged communities.
6. Demonstration/proposal of replicable models of change which can be propagated across multiple geographic/cultural/ethnic/socio-economic vulnerable communities.
7. Potential for projects to scale. NTIA should direct funding toward projects that can be scaled or replicated immediately as well as toward targeted, innovative models that can be scaled in the future.
8. Development of relevant, culturally and linguistically competent content for underserved consumers and broadband applications by community-oriented entrepreneurs.

These recommendations are based upon our lessons learned over the past decade and focus largely on the purposes of the Act to support broadband adoption, demand, training, education and job creation in unserved and underserved communities.

ZeroDivide looks forward to being an applicant for funding under the BTOP program. Through our experience, we have learned that information and communications technology is a powerful tool to increase economic opportunities, create jobs, improve educational achievement, enhance health and well-being, and increase civic engagement in communities.

Attached is a more detailed description of BTOP comments to NTIA.

ZD Comments to NTIA.doc 146.5 KB

Rural Telecommunications Group, Inc.

(Late Submission)
Referenced Comments are attached in .pdf format.

RTG Broadband Comments_FINAL.pdf 63.83 KB

Checking the Status of Your Current Local Community EBS (2.5GHz) Spectrum License

(Late Submission)
Checking the Status of Your Current Local Community EBS (2.5GHz) Spectrum License

Licensees of this spectrum are non-profits in your Community, City, or County. These non-profits include state government agencies, state universities and university systems, public community and technical colleges, private universities and colleges, public elementary and secondary school districts, private schools (including Catholic school systems in a number of large metropolitan areas), public television and radio stations, hospitals and hospital associations, and private, non-profit educational entities.

Brad Bowman

Check status of local EBS License.doc 135 KB

NextG Networks, Inc.

(Late Submission)
Please see attached PDF file containing the Comments of NextG Networks, Inc.

NextG Comments to NTIA and RUS in BTOP Rulemaking.pdf 2.05 MB

Victoria Jewett

(Late Submission)
I am submitting an attachment below.

broadband.doc 79 KB

Liz Zucco

(Late Submission)
Make grants available to RUS borrowers using RUS funds because in many cases, loans cannot be re-paid in very lean markets. RUS borrowers are in the best position to receive grants because they have a stake financially.

Extend Community Connect grants to multiple town or county-wide applicants to leverage deployment and network management/ops across more population. See attached. Thank you very much, Liz Zucco, President, MarketSYS USA, Inc.

Recommendations for Broadband Stimulus programs.docx 12.04 KB

"Evan Webster" <>

(Late Submission)

COMMENTS TO NTIA 4-10-09.docx 48.67 KB

"Vorwig, Petra" <>

(Late Submission)
Please find attached a Word and PDF version of EchoStar Corporation's
comments in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband
Initiatives, Joint Request for Information, Docket No.

<> <>

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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EchoStar Comments.pdf 17.63 KB
EchoStar Comments.doc 71.5 KB

SkyTerra Communications, Inc.

(Late Submission)
Attached, in both Word (.doc) and Adobe (.pdf) formats, are the comments of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. in response to the joint NTIA and RUS request for information.

SkyTerra NTIA-RUS Comments.pdf 22 KB
SkyTerra NTIA-RUS Comments.doc 64.5 KB

Ed Lazowska <>

(Late Submission)
I would like to submit this *revised* 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 networks reach over 60,000 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.

Unleashing.pdf 98.55 KB


(Late Submission)
SeniorNet comments
RE: Docket number 090309298-9299-01
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

SeniorNet comments BTOP.pdf 15.25 KB

"Kathleen Nichols" <>

(Late Submission)

To Whom it may concern,

In reference to the telecommunications portion of the Presidents Stimulus
package, I wholeheartedly support a strong, credible application of the
Bill's "Buy American" provision to the broadband program. Lets insure, as
the bill was originally intended, that American jobs are created and
sustained in order to "stimulate" OUR economy. Therefore, I urge you to
award any monies to American companies whose engineering and manufacturing
operations lie here in the USA. Thank you for your consideration. I will be
very interested in your response.

Kathleen M. Nichols

New Prague, MN 56071


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"Eric Jensen" <>

(Late Submission)
Barbara: sorry, but replace previous submittals with this. I wasn't happy with one policy point.


Eric Jensen
Policy Counsel
National Tribal Telecommunications Association
519 Tennessee Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 683-3742
pcs: (703) 868-8325

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NTTA Broadband Stimulus funding 46.5 KB

"Cooper, Patricia" <>

(Late Submission)
The members of the Satellite Industry Association respectfully submit our joint comments in the attached. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the contact information below, if necessary.

With Regards,
Patricia Cooper
Patricia Cooper
President, Satellite Industry Association
1730 M Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-349-3651
Cell: 202-390-8749

SIA Broadband Comments to NTIA RUS - 4.13.09 FINAL.doc 79 KB

Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong and Barrington Russell, Sr.

(Late Submission)
We have attached a letter expressing our comments.

Armstrong-Russell.pdf 130.83 KB

"Baker, Jim" <>

(Late Submission)
Will the process for these grants be significantly streamlined as
opposed to the torturous USDA/RUS process as it currently exists?

James L. Baker, Chief

Information Technologies Group

SEDA - Council of Governments

201 Furnace Road

Lewisburg, PA 17837

voice: (570)524-4491 fax: (570)524-9190

"My job in the coming years will not be to attract companies... my job
will be to attract talent."
- Janet Miller, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

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Tom Reid

(Late Submission)
Please see attached document entitled: SOHCN Comments to NTIA 13 April 2009

SOHCN Comments to NTIA 13 April 2009.pdf 296.67 KB


(Late Submission)

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Arthur Firstenberg

(Late Submission)
I am the president of the Cellular Phone Task Force, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to work with scientists, doctors and citizens worldwide to confront a new and frightening danger to public health. That danger was universal microwave radiation from digital cell phones and cell towers.

Today the danger from universal wireless broadband looms even larger. Money to provide broadband to presently unserved populations must be spent on fiber optics and communication cables, and NOT on wireless technologies.

Where a single source of radiation once sufficed to serve thousands of cell phone users who used their phones intermittently, today wireless broadband requires a dense concentration of antennas, wireless access points and wireless computers that broadcast 24/7. The greater the population density, the greater the concentration of antennas, access points and computers.

The public and, unfortunately, the regulators, for the most part, do not understand the physics. They don't understand the critical importance of distance: a WiFi antenna exposes you to much more radiation than a cell tower. A WiFi antenna transmitting only 1 watt exposes you to 100 times more radiation than a cell tower transmitting 1000 watts, if the WiFi antenna is 10 yards away and the cell tower is two miles away. A WiFi antenna is almost always much more dangerous than a cell tower, because cell towers are further away and WiFi antennas and access points are right on top of you.

People don't understand the importance of bandwidth. For the same amount of power, the more frequencies your body is hit with, the more harmful. Broadband radiation is more harmful than narrowband radiation. Data transmission is more harmful than voice transmission.

People don't understand that exposure to this radiation is involuntary. If you're allergic to cigarette smoke, you can shut your doors. The smoke doesn't come in. But microwave radiation does. If you lay a cloud of WiFi/WiMax over the whole country, you trap within it 300,000,000 people regardless of whether they are children, pregnant, old, sick, or sensitive. If this type of radiation already causes certain people pain and they have learned how to keep their distance, you condemn them to torture for the rest of their life.

People are dying. My phone does not stop ringing with the cries of individuals whose neighbors have installed WiFi, or whose cities have installed citywide WiFi. I get to listen to them tell me how suddenly they can't sleep, their ears ring, their joints hurt, their heart pounds, and their blood pressure is through the roof. They can't think and their memory is gone. They suffer from nosebleeds. Their children are acting out. Where can they go, they ask me. I get to listen to the same story I have heard so many thousands of times before. And I no longer have an answer, because wireless Internet is coming to my neighborhood as well, and yours, unless people wake up.

Attached are three documents:

(1) A press release that has been sent out by a group whose members represent many communities across this nation;

(2) A letter to President Obama on this subject, with links to scientific databases, websites, and other informative documents. This letter is being circulated nationally as a petition.

(3) A partial list of governments and organizations worldwide that ban or warn against wireless technology.

Press Release.doc 26 KB
Letter to President Obama.pdf 319.44 KB
Governments and organizations.doc 30 KB

(Late Submission)

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4812

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW.

Washington, DC 20230


Please find attached two documents the carry the BTOP RFI response for SDF Consortium, LLC.  The document in PDF format is signed for authenticity. The document in Word format is provided for use per the BTOP RFI announcement. In our response, we provide a cover document explaining who we are, with RFI response information as an enclosure.


Our response follows the format of the Original BTOP questions with our responses as answers to the appropriate questions.


If you desire additional information or desire submission of these documents in another format, please let us know.


Thank you for allowing us to participate in this program!




Pete Fiorey

Member - SDF Consortium LLC

800-392-3064 (O)

253-219-4611 (mobile)


Danny Stroud

Member - SDF Consortium LLC

303-973-9375 (O/Mobile)


BTOP Final v2-1 041209 SDF Consortium LLC.pdf 413.73 KB
BTOP Final v2-1 041209 SDF Consortium LLC.doc 297.5 KB