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Recovery Act: Cable Bids for Broadband Funds

Dozens of small- and mid-sized cable MSOs have placed bids for at least 54 proposed broadband projects linked to the first round of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

In the first round, at least $442 million is being sought for cable MSO projects, according to data culled (so far) by Cable Digital News from a searchable database the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) posted at BroadbandUSA.gov earlier this week. A comprehensive list of broadband stimulus fund applications for the first round is available here.

A total of nearly $28 billion in bids for broadband stimulus funds were placed in the first round (a total of $7.2 billion is to be awarded over three rounds). (See Recovery Act: Round One Brings 'Nearly $28B' in Bids.)

As expected, major MSOs such as Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) have decided to stay on the sidelines. However, WaveDivision Holdings, a mid-sized MSO, placed at least 12 individual bids for last-mile projects totaling more than $10.3 million.

Below is a list of the cable-related bids we uncovered from our first pass. Considering more than 2,200 applications are already in, this is likely far from exhaustive, as there are likely many more for us to find. We'll update the list as we come across others.

Table 1: Cable bids
Company/Group Amount (Grant request) Project Areas Program
Allens TV Cable Service $3,513,697 Extend an FTTx network from existing fiber/cable plant into rural areas of three South Louisiana Parishes. South Louisiana BIP/BTOP
Argent Communications $986,473 Upgrade coax cable plant to fiber-to-the-home for 1,800 homes. in Milan, Stratford, Stark, and Dummer. New Hampshire BIP/BTOP
Aztech Cable $4,891,582 Last mile connections using 802.11n and WiMax. Mohave Valley, Ariz. BIP/BTOP
Bend Cable Communications $4,125,744 Deliver wireless broadband services over licensed spectrum to underserved, low density areas in rural Central Oregon. Central Oregon BIP/BTOP
Boycom Cablevision $40,894,912 600-mile middle mile network along U.S. Highway 60 corridor from Charleston to Springfield, serving 231,311 households. Southern Missouri BIP/BTOP
Bulldog Cable Georgia $2,475,012 Upgrade and expand existing cable plant in Lake Sinclair area of Georgia to offer advanced broadband services to more than 7,300 homes. Georgia BIP
Cable Montana $1,514,640 Build out regional middle mile Gigabit Ethernet backbone. South Central Montana BIP
Cable Nebraska $693,087 Build out regional Gigabit Ethernet backbone. Central Nebraska BIP/BTOP
Cable Plus $2,055,486 Last mile project to bring broadband to rural, remote, unserved communities in the Central Appalachian Mountains coalfields region. Southwest Virginia BIP/BTOP
Calneva Broadband $280,000 Expand existing cable footprint with fiber connected to unincorporated Mohave County. Arizona BIP/BTOP
Central Valley Cable TV $695,940 Expand existing broadband coverage area to include Point Arena, two Indian Rancherias, the and unincorporated area of Manchester. Mendocino County, Calif. BIP/BTOP
Clark Cablevision $5,642,974 Last mile network to serve more than 8,311 unserved homes with 4 Mbit/s service. Pahrump, Nev. BTOP
Bresnan Communications $70,007,425 Develop statewide middle mile fiber optic network. Blackfeet, Crow, Flathead-Salish & Kootenai, Ft. Peck, Ft. Belknap, N. Cheyenne & Rocky Boys reservations & unserved & underserved communities through Montana BIP/BTOP
Bulldog Cable Georgia $2,291,295 Upgrade and expand cable plant to reach more than 4,200 homes. Lake Jackson area of Georgia BIP
Bulldog Cable Georgia $1,451,377 Upgrade and expand cable plant to reach 2,270 underserved/unserved homes. Montana (Big Sky area) BIP
Cherokee Cablevision $2,685,600 Upgrade existing cable plant to all-fiber to provide broadband access to Cherokee Indian Reservation. Cherokee, N.C. BIP
Eastern Cable $3,751,704 Last mile cable broadband to a 26-square mile rural, unserved area. Knox County, Ky. BIP
Flint Cable TV $4,095,913 Last mile connection to deliver broadband and cable TV services. Rural middle Georgia BIP/BTOP
Hawkeye Telephone Company $1,623,608 Replace deteriorating copper cable plant with fiber-based system capable of up to 100 Mbit/s. Hawkeye, Iowa BIP/BTOP
Home Town Cable TV $32,796,948 Construct middle mile fiber network. Central southern Florida BTOP
Hometown Cable Company $2,267,380 Fixed and mobile (WiFi) broadband Internet to Darke and Preble Counties. Ohio BIP
ICE Cable Holdings $392,516 Last mile broadband access for rural, underserved Delta County. Colorado BIP
Jackson County Cable $2,200,000 Bring broadband to a rural and underserved area of Jackson County. Georgia BIP
JetBroadband $2,842,164 Upgrade existing cable network. West Virginia BIP/BTOP
Kodiak-Kenai Cable Company $172,301,031 Middle mile: Bring broadband connectivity to western Alaska via a submarine fiber optic cable network. 140 remote Alaska communities BIP/BTOP
Lakeview Cable TV $3,052,380 Middle mile project interconnecting four "budget challenged school districts," and the unserved community of Indiahoma. Southwest Oklahoma BTOP
Nelson Cable $361,066 Deliver 2 Mbit/s wireless service using WiMax. Rockfish Valley, Va. BIP
NPG Cable $222,350 Extend cable plant 4.2 miles to unserved rural community. St. Joseph, Mo. BIP
NPG Cable $2,183,664 Last mile: Use RF over Glass (RFoG) architecture to deliver broadband service. Run RFoG from St. Joseph to Grayson, Mo. BIP/BTOP
NPG Cable $423,375 Extend cable plant 17.5 miles to underserved rural community. Pine/Strawberry, Ariz. BIP/BTOP
NPG Cable $977,047 Extend cable plant 19.2 miles to rural, underserved community. Munds Park, Ariz. BIP/BTOP
Plantation Cablevision $274,318 Deliver broadband service to two small, rural and currently underserved communities. Georgia BIP/BTOP
Ponderosa Cablevision $1,926,431 Extend broadband services via last mile technologies in non-remote area. O Neals, Calif. BIP/BTOP
Shellsburg Cablevision $1,459,133 Provide advanced services via fiber (including Internet service that exceeds 20 Mbit/s) to communities of Coggon and Ryan. Iowa BIP
Supervision $110,066 Upgrade cable modem system serving Whittier, Alaska. Alaska BIP/BTOP
Supervision $174,680 Update cable modem system in Tanana, Alaska. Alaska BIP/BTOP
Tel-Star Cablevision $55,200 Enhance computer centers located at the Eureka Public Library, and Illinois District 140 Schools. Metamora, Ill. BTOP
Tel-Star Cablevision (with schools and other partners) $2,926,026 Provide broadband access to non-remote, rural areas. Illinois BIP/BTOP
Troy Cablevision $34,968,646 Broadband network to serve 16,500 "energy consumers" in four unserved/underserved rural counties. Alabama BIP/BTOP
US Cable of Northern New Mexico $5,038,000 Last mile "fiber rich" project to reach underserved and "vulnerable" populations of Espanola, Dixon, Penaso, and the Native American Pueblos of Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh, and Santa Clara. New Mexico BIP/BTOP
Viking Broadband $4,875,000 Roll out fiber to rural area east of Billings. Billings, Mont. BIP/BTOP
WaveDivision Holdings $1,813,498 Extend existing distribution facilities to offer five levels of residential broadband services ranging to speeds of 18 Mbit/s down and 2 Mbit/s up, and five levels of business broadband services ranging up to 100 Mbp/s symmetrical. Colfax, Placer County, Calif. BIP/BTOP
WaveDivision Holdings $689,627 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Sheridan, Placer County, Calif. BIP/BTOP
WaveDivision Holdings $1,040,062 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Knights Landing, Yolo County, Calif. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $3,044,233 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Clackamas and Marion Counties, Ore. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $730,284 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Tiger Lake, Mason County, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $395,419 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Panther Lake, Mason County, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $797,283 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Glenhave Lakes, Whatcom County, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $163.305 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Eascrett Circle, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $351,596 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Breezy Point, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $634,645 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Mission Lake, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $361,069 Similar in nature to company's first listing. McFarland Farms, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wave Division Holdings $521,180 Similar in nature to company's first listing. Lower Elwha Reservation, Wash. BIP/BTOP
Wilco Electronic Systems $4,730,860 Private cable op intends to deploy fiber to area's underserved, "low-income public housing residents." Philadelphia, Pa. BTOP
World Cable $800,000 Public computer center. Bayside, N.Y. BTOP
Source: www.broadbandusa.gov database
BIP: Broadband Initiatives Program
BTOP: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program




— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News



Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 3:56:11 PM
re: Recovery Act: Cable Bids for Broadband Funds

The American Cable Association just calculated a tally of its members, announcing that ACA members applied for $1.3 billion to fund a range of last-mile and middle-mile broadband projects.


By ACA's count, more than 83 small, independent cable companies applied for funding in the first round.  We'll see who else we left off the list, unaware that they were ACA members that should also be considered cable operators (likely there are quite a few telcos and munis that also operate HFC plant that applied).



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