Two new guides for small businesses interested in applying for the four billion dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grants to deliver broadband service to underserved and rural communities across the nation are now available. Applications for the first round of Recovery Act funding for broadband infrastructure are being accepted through August 14, 2009.
United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary L. Landrieu,(D-LA) released the grant guides today.
The guide for the U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) can be accessed online here:
The guide for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) here:
“These grants play an integral role in spurring small business growth in rural America,” Senator Landrieu explained. “Increasing access to broadband internet service will help to bridge the technological divide between rural businesses and competing companies that have long had access to internet and technology. I encourage small business owners to apply for these competitive grants. This is a historic opportunity to both improve our communities and U.S. competitiveness.”