Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Compromise Stimulus Bill Allocates About $7 Billion for Broadband

The compromise economic stimulus bill agreed to on Wednesday by U.S. House and Senate negotiators is expected to include about $7.2 billion for broadband and 1st responder wireless interoperability projects. Of this total, about $2.8 billion would be disbursed by the Department of Agriculture under its Rural Utilities Service (RUS) program, and about $4.3 billion would be disbursed through the Department of Justice and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The final numbers have not yet been released. The compromise bill also apparently eliminates the tax credits for broadband deployments that had originally been part of the Senate version.


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