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More ARRA Funding Comes to the GMR Region (again)

I wrote about some ARRA funding that has come to our region in July. As of early August, some more ARRA Broadband funding has come to our region!  ARRA is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This funding will help to transform health care by enabling better outcomes and lowering costs.  Many rural clinics and small physician offices have to pay for Internet service that is out-dated and over-priced.  The National Broadband Plan recommends changes to broadband services to ensure access to reasonable and affordable Internet access for all.

Network World Magazine Online wrote about the new awards in early August:

The new awards announced Wednesday, include grants for WiMax deployments, for fiber deployments and for DSL deployments. The RUS has now distributed more than $2.6 billion in broadband grants and loans through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a huge economic stimulus package passed by the U.S. Congress in early 2009.

Read more about the National Broadband Plan and how it will affect health care from the National Broadband Plan site.

For a graphical representation of where the money is going, look at the charts below.  The first chart shows the dollar breakdown, and the second shows the percentages.

ARRA Funding in Dollars

ARRA Funding in Dollars

ARRA Funding in Percentages

ARRA Funding in Percentages

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The award recipients:

IA

Clear Lake Independent Telephone Co Inc.
This $7.9 million award to Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company will create a Fiber-to-the-Home broadband deployment that will not only bring services to previously unserved households, but provide improved service throughout the footprint. Clear Lake’s project stands to benefit approximately 2000 people, and 20 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Farmers’ Mutual Telephone Company
This $8.6 million award to Farmers’ Mutual Telephone Company with an additional $2.1 million of outside capital will be used to construct a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that provides greater than 20megabytes per second broadband access to unserved communities. Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company’s project stands to benefit approximately 3,700 people, 70 businesses, and 15 other community institutions. Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company estimates that this project will directly create at least 115 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Hospers Telephone Exchange, Inc.
This $8.3 million award to Hospers Telephone Exchange will offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Hospers, Iowa, and its surrounding rural areas. Approximately 2,000 people stand to benefit across portions of Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, and Sioux Counties, as do more than 150 businesses and nearly 10 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come

Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association (84% IA and 16% MN)
This $19.6 million award will allow the Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association (WCTA) to provide FTTP for rural portions of about 21 communities in Iowa and Minnesota, and will provide bandwidth of over 5megabytes per second for advanced voice, video, and data services. WCTA’s project stands to benefit over 8,000 people. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

IL

Utopian Wireless Corporation
This $275,000 award to Utopian Wireless Corporation will bring WiMAX infrastructure to rural communities in and around Cairo, Illinois. Utopian Wireless will provide 4G portable/mobile broadband access over licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum to underserved households and businesses and provide discounted services to community anchor institutions. Utopian Wireless’ project stands to benefit approximately 4,000 people, 87 businesses, and 40 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

(Seemed from the report there were three awards given to Utopian Wireless Corporation, so here are the other summaries)

This $250,000 award to Utopian Wireless Corporation will bring WiMAX infrastructure to rural communities in and around White Hall, IL. Utopian will provide 4G portable/mobile broadband access over licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum to underserved households and businesses and provide discounted services to community anchor institutions. Utopian Wireless’ project stands to benefit approximately 3,000 people, 150 businesses, and 35 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

This $600,000 award to Utopian Wireless Corporation will bring WiMAX infrastructure to rural communities in and around Monmouth, Illinois. Utopian will provide 4G broadband access to underserved households and businesses and provide discounted services to community institutions. More than 10,000 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 290 businesses and nearly 100 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

IN

Camden Telephone Company Inc.
This approximately $1 million award to Camden Telephone Company, matched by more than $350,000 in private contribution, will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. More than 700 people stand to benefit, as do nearly 20 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Tipton Telephone Company Inc.
This approximately $1 million award to Tipton Telephone Company, matched by $337,324 in private contribution, will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. Nearly 800 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 50 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Tri-County Telephone Company Inc.
This $593,000 award to Tri-County Telephone Company, matched by nearly $200,000 in private contribution, will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. More than 550 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 10 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Home Telephone Company Inc.
This $416,000 award to Home Telephone Company will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. More than 400 people stand to benefit. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

KY

Leslie County Telephone Company
This $6.1 million award to Leslie County Telephone Company with an additional $2 million of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Leslie Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 3,500 people, 35 businesses, and 35 other community institutions. Leslie Telephone estimates that this project will directly create more than 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Salem Telephone Company
This $1.9 million award to Salem Telephone Company with an additional $644,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Salem Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 1270 people, 15 businesses, and 7 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative Corp, Inc.
This $25 million award to the People’s Telephone Cooperative Corp. will be used to provide broadband service to users in Jackson and Cow Creek, impoverished rural areas in Kentucky. The project will deploy a Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) architecture that will allow users to experience broadband service at speeds of up to 18 megabytes per second and to enjoy the same economic, educational, and social opportunities that broadband has afforded subscribers in neighboring communities. More than 11,000 people stand to benefit, as do over 100 businesses and 30 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Foothills Rural Telephone Cooperative, Corporation, Inc.
This nearly $21 million award to the Foothills Rural Telephone Cooperative Corp. will be used to conduct a Fiber-to-the-Premise/Last Mile construction project in parts of Magoffin and Lawrence counties in Kentucky. Nearly 6,000 people stand to benefit, as do almost 800 businesses and 8 community institutions. Foothills Rural Telephone cooperative estimates the construction will directly support more than 300 jobs upfront, and will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Windstream Corporation
This approximately $951,000 award to Windstream Corporation will be used to extend its high-speed DSL network to currently unserved homes and businesses. More than 8,000 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 50 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Mikrotec CATV, LLC
This approximately $830,000 award to Mikrotec CATV, matched by $276,000 in private capital, will be used to provide broadband Internet service to the small rural Kentucky communities of Eolia, Oven Fork, and Partridge. Nearly 2,000 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 15 businesses and 5 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative Corporation Inc.
This $123.8 million award to West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative will construct fiber optic communication lines to the home (FTTH) throughout all of the current operating territories of West Kentucky and West Tennessee using the most up to date technology on the market. That territory encompasses 21,072 households businesses and aother establishments specified areas in eleven counties, in West Kentucky and West Tennessee. Broadband internet speeds of up to 20mps will be offered. West Kentucky’s Rural Telephone Cooperative project stands to benefit more than 41,000 people, approximately 3,500 businesses, and 100 other community institutions. West Kentucky Rural Telephone Cooperative estimates that this project will directly create more than 160 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (TN 71%, KY 29%)
This $66 million award to Highland Telephone Cooperative will provide state-of-the-art communication services while enhancing broadband communication options for Morgan and Scott Counties, Tennessee and McCreary County, Kentucky. Highland Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 52,000 people, 1,800 businesses, and 100 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

MI

Island Telephone Company
This $2 million award to Island Telephone Company with an additional $667,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Island Telephone Company’s project stands to benefit approximately 588 people, 35 businesses, and 3 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Crystal Automation Systems, Inc.
This more than $26 million award to Crystal Automation Systems will be used to provides high-speed broadband to rural households and businesses over fixed Wireless WiMax and fiber optic cable that have no other options. The fiber optic backhaul installed between towers is routed past the majority of anchor institutions and more densely populated areas. This makes available very high-capacity to health care, libraries, schools, colleges, government, public housing, community organizations and cell towers. More than 140,000 people stand to benefit, as do nearly 5,000 businesses and more than 700 community institutions. Crystal Automation estimates the project will directly support nearly 150 jobs upfront, and will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Allband Communications Cooperative
This more than $8.6 million award to Allband Communications Cooperative will be used to provide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Voice Over Internet Protocol services to Allband Communications Cooperative’s surrounding rural community in Northeastern Michigan. Nearly 3,800 people stand to benefit, as do 95 businesses and 9 community institutions. Allband Communications estimates the construction will directly support 100 jobs upfront, and will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Climax Telephone Company
This approximately $3.2 million award to the Climax Telephone Company, matched by over $1 million in private contribution, will be used to build Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) service and provide high-speed broadband to the communities of Climax and Scotts, Michigan. Over 1,800 people stand to benefit, as do more than 50 businesses and 9 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Communication Corporation Of Michigan
This approximately $1.2 million award to Communications Corporation of Michigan, matched by more than $400,000 in private contribution, will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. More than 650 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 10 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Allband Communications Cooperative
This more than $1.1 million award to Allband Communications Cooperative will be used to provide Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and Voice Over Internet Protocol services to Allband Communications Cooperative’s surrounding rural community in Northeastern Michigan. Nearly 500 people stand to benefit, as do 20 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

MN

Wikstrom Telephone Company, Incorporated
This $7.4 million award to Wikstrom Telephone Company, Inc. will deploy 414 miles of new cables and electronics for GPON fiber to the home in 6 communities of Kittson, Marshall and Roseau County for Broadband Services over 100 megabits. Electronic enhancements will be made to existing DSL customers to increase Broadband speeds up to 48mbs, along with 74 miles of additional fiber to the node, and a 150mb microwave upgrade for service to the NW Angle. Wikstrom Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 12,000 people, 1,500 businesses, and 83 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Woodstock Telephone Co Inc.
Woodstock Telephone Company will use this more than $15.1 million award to expand its fiber network into neighboring rural communities by providing Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) for over 3600 premises in 15 communities located within 3 counties in Southwest Minnesota. This expanded fiber network will provide bandwidth of over 20megabytes per second for advanced voice and data services. More than 8,000 people stand to benefit, as do approximately 180 businesses and nearly 50 community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company
This approximately $9.65 million award to Farmers Mutual Telephone Company will bring Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology to Minnesota’s Lac qui Parle County. This network will make Lac qui Parle, now an area with limited technology choices, one of the leading technology counties in the state. More than 3,700 people stand to benefit, as do roughly 165 businesses and 12 community institutions. Farmers Mutual estimates the construction will directly support 110 jobs upfront, and will also drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Arvig Telephone Company
This over $5 million award to Arvig Telephone Company, matched by nearly $1.7 million in private contribution, will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments in its rural service territory. This network will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. The network will also be engineered so that it can be easily upgraded at a reasonable cost to meet future needs. More than 1,800 people stand to benefit, as do nearly 70 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Federated Telephone Cooperative
This nearly $3 million award to Federated Telephone Cooperative will bring a Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) voice, video, and data network to the Rural Morris, Minnesota exchange. More than 950 people stand to benefit, as do 20 businesses. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

ND

Inter-Community Telephone Company Inc.
This $2.3 million award to Inter-Community Telephone Company will improve broadband connectivity for critical community facilities in the communities of Hope, Sanborn, and Tower City, ND. Inter-Community Telephone Company’s project stands to benefit over 850 people and over 30 businesses, and other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Griggs County Telephone Co.
This $22 million award to Griggs County Telephone Company will use Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) technology to bring affordable and reliable broadband access and video services to underserved rural areas in eastern North Dakota. Grigg’s County Telephone’s project stands to benefit more than 4,000 people, 400 businesses, and 15 other community institutions. Griggs County Telephone Company estimates that this project will directly create at least 248 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

OH

Southern Ohio Communication Services, Inc.
This $1.4 million award will provide broadband and Voice Over Internet Protocol services to the unserved and underserved population in Pike Counties, Ohio. Southern Ohio’s project stands to benefit approximately 14,000 people, 180 businesses, and several other community institutions. Southern Ohio estimates that this project will directly create at least 400 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Utopian Wireless Corporation
This $1.4 million award will bring WiMax infrastructure to rural communities in and around Kinsman, Ohio, and will provide broadband access to underserved households and businesses as well as discounted services. Utopian Wireless’ project stands to benefit approximately 7,000 people, and 600 businesses, and other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Sycamore Telephone Company (Inc).
Using award of $4.1 million, Sycamore Telephone proposes to build a Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) system within the village of Sycamore, the village of Melmore, and the village of McCutchensville. More than 4,200 people, approximately 450 local businesses and 14 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Nelsonville Tv Cable, Inc.
This $4.6 million award will allow Nelsonville TV Cable to extend HFC Digital Cable Services to unserved areas of Athens, Hocking, and Morgan Counties in Ohio. Nelsonville TV Cable’s project stands to benefit over 3,500 people. In addition, over 3,000 businesses and 44 community institutions stand to benefit from this project. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, but it will also help drive economic development in the community that will help create jobs for years to come.

New Era Broadband
This $2.9 million award will allow New Era Broadband to deliver high speed broadband services to unserved communities in rural Appalachian Meigs County, Ohio. New Era Broadband’s project stands to benefit over 8,000 people. In addition, 165 businesses and 6 community institutions stand to benefit from this project. New Era Broadband estimates that this project will directly support at least 200 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

WI

Midway Telephone Company
This $4.7 million award to Midway Telephone Company with an additional $1.6 million of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory in Wisconsin. Midway Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 2,700 people, 50 businesses, and 20 other community institutions. Midway Telephone estimates that this project will directly create at least 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

The Farmers Telephone Company, LLC.
This $1.4 million award to Farmer’s Telephone Company with an additional $480,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory in Wisconsin. Farmers Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 1,000 people, 30 businesses, and several other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Chequamegon Communications Cooperative Inc.
Using this award of $31.1 million, Chequamegon Communications Cooperative, Inc. (CCC) will deploy Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), providing high speed internet access to communities it serves in northern Wisconsin. More than 10,400 people, 959 local businesses and 35 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Baldwin Telecom, Inc.
This award of $9.1 million will be combined with $120,000 in outside capital. The Baldwin Telecom project will build a 109 mile fiber-to-the-home infrastructure in the town of Troy, Wisconsin. More than 3,600 people, 30 local businesses and 2 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Eastcoast Telecom Of Wisconsin, LLC.
With this award of $1.7 million, plus another $550,000 in outside capital, Eastcoast Telecom of Wisconsin, LLC, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. More than 1,100 people, 27 local businesses and 6 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Grantland Telecom, LLC.
With this award of $1.7 million, plus an additional $550,000 in outside capital, awardland Telecom, LLC, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. More than 790 people, 12 local businesses and 2 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Scandinavia Telephone Company, LLC.
With this award of $1.2 million, plus an additional $400,000 in outside capital, Scandinavia Telephone Company, LLC, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. More than 1,000 people, 11 local businesses and 5 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Riverside Telecom, LLC.
With this award of $800,000, plus an additional $273,000 in outside capital, Riverside Telecom, LLC, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, proposes a project to bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. More than 490 people, 6 local businesses and 5 community institutions stand to benefit from this improved service. Not only will this project create jobs upfront, it will help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Badger Telecom, LLC.
This $4 million award to Badger Telecom, LLC with an additional $1.3 million of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. This service will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Badger Telecom’s project stands to benefit approximately 2,000 people, 35 businesses, and 15 community institutions. Badger Telecom estimates that this project will directly create at least 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

Central State Telephone Company, LLC.
This $3.8 million award to Central State Telephone Company, LLC with an additional $1.2 million of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory, which is comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Central State Telephone Company’s project stands to benefit approximately 3,000 people, 75 businesses, and 10 community institutions. Central State Telephone estimates that this project will directly create at least 100 jobs upfront and help drive economic development in the community that creates jobs for years to come.

UTELCO, LLC.
This $2.8 million award to Utelco, LLC with an additional $941,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. This service will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Utelco’s project stands to benefit approximately 1,800 people, 50 businesses, and 8 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Stockbridge & Sherwood Telephone Company, LLC.
This $1.8 million award to Stockbridge & Sherwood Telephone Company with an additional $612,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL broadband service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. This service will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Stockbridge & Sherwood Telephone’s project stands to benefit approximately 1,400 people, 30 businesses, and 5 other community institutions. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Southeast Telephone Co. Of Wisconsin, LLC.
This $947,555 award to Southeast Telephone Company of Wisconsin with an additional $315,000 of outside capital will bring high-speed DSL service to unserved establishments within its rural service territory. This service will be comparable to the DSL service provided in its more populated areas. Southeast Telephone Company of Wisconsin’s project stands to benefit approximately 1,200 people, 20 businesses, and 1 community institution. In addition to the jobs this project will create upfront, it will help drive economic development and create jobs for decades to come.

Ok, so don’t shoot the messenger.  I’m not the one who wrote “for decades to come” for pretty much every summary.  We’ll see if “decades” holds true.  Personally, I believe technology becomes outdated faster and faster every year, so I’m wondering if “decades” should be more like “for the next 5-10 years.”



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