December 5, 2012 - TechNet ranks Virginia in top 10 for broadband adoption, network quality and economic structure. Read the report>>
July 11, 2012 - The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy released its annual Virginia Economic Forecast which stresses the importance of broadband and the need for lawmakers to pursue policies that will promote affordable, wide-spread broadband. Read More>>
Virginia receives first Recovery Act (ARRA) funding for Broadband. Alleghany County, NTELOS Telephone Inc., $8,062,088 grant and $8,062,088 loan. The funds will provide broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved homes, businesses and critical community institutions in this rural county. A fiber-based project, it will enable work-from-home jobs and foster economic development, and improve health, education and public safety services to the county citizens. Read the RUS press release.
November 13, 2009 - NTIA has published summary comments from service providers regarding the unserved or underserved nature of applicants’ proposed service areas as part of the online Applications Database located here. Please notice the “Public Notice Response” category at the bottom of every applicant profile, and see the attached .pdf file for related comments. Any applications that have been the subject of public comment will be marked as such. Infrastructure applications submitted by Virginia entities to provide services in Virginia can be found at: here.
November 10, 2009 - The USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced they are streamlining the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act‟s broadband grant and loan programs by awarding the remaining funding in just one more round, instead of two rounds, to increase efficiency and better accommodate applicants. Read the press release.
October 27, 2009 Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Larry Strickling and RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein testify during The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's full committee hearing on Oversight of the Broadband Stimulus Programs in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The testimonies and the archived webcast can be found at here.
FCC announces “OpenInternet.gov” to provide a place for interested parties to join the discussion about the important issues facing the future of the Internet. Through this site you can stay connected to all Federal Communication Commission activities on the issue, and share your thoughts and ideas on open Internet. Check it out… www.fcc.gov or www.openinternet.gov (September 2009)
NTIA/RUS post submissions to first round BIP/BTOP programs
RUS and NTIA have posted a searchable database of all applications received during the first funding round. Search the database at: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/applications/search.cfm
Commonwealth’s Deputy Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson named one of three recipients of Public Knowledge’s ip3 awards for 2009 for her work in information policy. Read the Public Knowledge press release. (August 2009)
The Recovery Act authorizes the FCC to create a National Broadband Plan, that “shall seek to ensure that all people of the United States have access to broadband capability and shall establish benchmarks for meeting that goal www.broadband.gov
The Commonwealth's Broadband Toolkit has been selected as one of the technologies to be presented at the Internet Caucus Committee's 12th Annual Kickoff Technology Policy Exhibition on January 13th at the Hart Office Building in Washington, DC. View the Press Release. For more information on the event visit http://www.netcaucus.org/events/
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