Aurora Gets Approval For Broadband Stimulus Program

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Aurora Networks' optical-transport solutions have won product acceptance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and its Rural Development Telecommunications Program for use by cable operators that receive grants and loans under the RUS's broadband stimulus program.

The Aurora offerings that are now part of the agency's "List of Acceptable Materials" for use under the RUS program are the vendor's traditional HFC solution, "green" fiber-deep solution and RF over glass (RFoG) solution.

Earlier this month the American Cable Association, which represents small and midsize operators, said 83 of its 900 members applied for about $1.3 billion in federal broadband stimulus grants but that more would have applied if some restrictions were removed.