Light Reading
Unstrung charts the companies bidding for broadband stimulus funds

Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
8/26/2009
50%
50%

The deadline for applying for the first $4 billion of broadband stimulus money has come and gone, and a number of companies and groups have announced bids.

Unstrung has compiled an initial list of companies and groups that have applied for funds. Where possible we've included how much they asked for, how the money would be used, and the funding program to which the companies have applied.

This is clearly not a comprehensive list. Some operators and groups haven't announced bids yet, while the first-round winners won't be unveiled until September at the earliest. We invite readers to send in any updates they think applicable, and we'll add them to the table. Please send email updates to editors@unstrung.com.

Table 1: Broadband Stimulus Applicants

Company/Group Amount Project Areas Program
360networks TBA Fiber optic network Western US TBA
Champion WiFi $2.7M City WiFi network Monrovia, CA. BTOP
Clearwire TBA Mobile WiMax TBA TBA
Cricket Communications $8.6M High-speed wireless Internet access Multiple Cities TBD
DigitalBridge $100M WiMax TBA TBA
ERF Wireless $20M Rural WiMax LA, TX TBA
IBEC TBA BPL Ala. TBD
Internet America Inc TBA Fixed Wireless Rural Texas BTOP/BIP
KeyOn Corp. $150M WiMax network Nationwide BIP
Level 3 Comms. Less than $50M Improving amplifier stations Kan., Tenn. TBD
National Medical Wireless Broadband Alliance TBD Wireless medical networks 70 U.S. hospitals BTOP
OpenCape $40M Fiber optic network Mass., NE BTOP
SkyTerra Comms $37M Develop 700 Mhz public safety devices N/A BTOP
TDS Telecom TBD Wireline 13 U.S. states BIP
TowerStream Corp. $120M WiMax 17 underserved metro areas BTOP
WildBlue Comms $30M Satellite broadband Ariz., Colo., Wyom. BTOP
Xfone TBD Wireline TBD TBD
Yonder Media $9.4M Internet access in remote areas Nev., Calif. TBD
BIP Broadband Initiatives Program
BTOP Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
TBA To Be Announced
TBD To Be Determined
Sources: Unstrung, Cable Digital News, Business Week


In this first round of funding, there's about $2.4 billion available under the rural Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) for deploying broadband in the boondocks. Meanwhile, up to $1.6 billion is available in the Broadband Technologies Initiative Program (BTOP), which is intended to promote new broadband technology in unserved and underserved communities.

Overall, $7.6 billion will be paid out under the broadband element of the Recovery Act. Of this, up to $4.7 billion is due to be paid out under BTOP funding by the end of September 2010. The next rounds are expected to get underway in the spring and fall of 2010. (See Recovery Act: Bids Come In.)

States and cities such as NYC and Philadelphia were also expected to make bids for funds. Unstrung will create a separate chart for those bids if and when more data is available.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

(8)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
jggveth
50%
50%
jggveth,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:02 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


How is the government going to gove away $4.2 billion for these little carriers/projects?  Something is wrong.  The larger carriers like the RLECs don't seem to want the money. 

omniobso
50%
50%
omniobso,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:01 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


Excuse me, but CLWR is not what I would classify as a 'little carrier/project'.  Perhaps we have different reference points.

jggveth
50%
50%
jggveth,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:01 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


Don't get me wrong.  I think you did good work here.  I am just pointing out that telecom carriers, especially publicly traded ones, have probably looked at the banks and the auto companies and decided they don't want government money.  Also, what is the business case for serving very rural areas where paying customers are few and far between?  I know it's early but so far Broadband Stimulus looks like its failing.  It may be a boon for start-up wireless and satellite companies but on a larger scale so far not so good. 

joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:01 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index
I don't think the full extent of those that bid for monies has been revealed yet. I wanted to do something that we can add to over time.

A lot of the larger carriers weren't interested though. The Act stipulates network sharing and disclosure of some behind-the-scenes fees that most of the big guns would prefer not to give up I suspect.
joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:00 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index
Thanks!

I think you're right, a lot of the bigger operators just didn't see enough incentive in money+conditions to get into really rural areas.

There's still might be some interesting names and data points to come though, for instance:

-- Did MetroPCS apply for money?
-- Did CenturyTel apply for money towards its LTE rollout?

Also remember this is only the first round. The next two might have more focus on under-served areas in cities.

DJ
kaps
50%
50%
kaps,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:00 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


DigitalBridge should also be on this list -- think they are on the record saying they are looking for $100M+ in lots of new markets. Remember the deal they did with the NRTC -- rural ops -- so expect to see them in the mix too.


Aren't some states also applying directly for these funds?

kaps
50%
50%
kaps,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:58:00 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


DigitalBridge should also be on this list -- think they are on the record saying they are looking for $100M+ in lots of new markets. Remember the deal they did with the NRTC -- rural ops -- so expect to see them in the mix too.


Aren't some states also applying directly for these funds?

paolo.franzoi
50%
50%
paolo.franzoi,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:57:56 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


 


omni,


Clearwire is tiny today.  It COULD become big but today has much less than 1 Million subscribers.  When people are talking about the RLECs as opposed to the IOCs generally they are talking about companies that break that million line mark.


 


seven


 

joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:57:47 PM
re: Recovery Act: The Stimulus Index


I've updated the list with DBC and more new details.


 


Kaps, I'll do a separate list for cities & states as that data becomes availble.

Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Custom TV
Using Service Quality to Drive WiFi Monetization

10|22|14   |   6:51   |   (0) comments


Live from the SCTE conference: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick explores the forces shaping the WiFi opportunity in an interview with CableLabs' Justin Colwell and Amdocs' Ken Roulier.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed Access Architectures – 2

10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed Access Architectures – 1

10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
LRTV Custom TV
The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
LRTV Custom TV
The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
LRTV Custom TV
Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Better Dubai

10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
LRTV Custom TV
Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
Hot Topics
Is Health the Killer App for the IoT?
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 10/22/2014
Drones Hover Over the IoT Sector
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 10/23/2014
Analysts Warn of Major NFV Gaps
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/22/2014
Roku Raises $25M, But for What?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/23/2014
1959 Newsreel: Make Phone Calls – From Cars!
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/24/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed