The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be carried out with full transparency and accountability -- and is the centerpiece of that effort. In a short video, President Obama describes the site and talks about how you'll be able to track the Recovery Act's progress every step of the way. Source: White House.

Here you will find the statute and legislative history for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The House and Senate Committee Reports provide insight into the motivations and intent of Congress which will carry over to the agency implementation of their statutory responsibilities.

Quoting from the act and legislative history and then demonstrating how the project will fulfill the governmental objectives will help set an application for a federal grant or loan apart from others.

Although not specifically stated, the Administration included funding for broadband so that it could implement e-government, which is expected to reduce costs and enhance responsiveness.

The content has been reorganized into descriptions of how to apply for stimulus funding. You will find information about the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in the U. S. Department of Commerce.

The Distance Learning, Telemedicine & Broadband (DLT) at the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture is also discussed. There is much less information about DLT, since this is an existing program at RUS. NTIA’s BTOP is a new program created by the Recovery Act.

You will find an outline of the parts of a grant application, including the project narrative, engineering plan, and equipment list. Resources about preparing maps of underserved areas is also presented.

Finally, there is a summary of a proposed Recovery Act project for a West Virginia Broadband Cooperative to build a fiber and microwave backbone through unserved and underserved areas. This project is designed to reduce the transport costs, which is the primary barrier to broadband deployment in less densely populated regions. The project also seeks to attract data centers to West Virginia, which has the lowest cost commercial electricity costs in the United States. Web Feeds


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