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Possible changes ahead for upcoming rounds of stimulus broadband funding

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling said the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) are considering holding just one more round of funding for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) yesterday during a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet oversight hearing.

During his testimony, Strickling stated that, “Although NTIA and RUS previously indicated that we planned to hold up to three rounds of funding, our review of our experience in this first round, leads us to now explore the option of holding just one more round of funding. This more consolidated approach may have the potential of yielding benefits for all stakeholders.”

The hearing titled, “Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, Part 2,” was the second in a series of hearings examining the implementation of the broadband programs created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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