NCTA, ACA Question Funding for Broadband Projects

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National Telecommunications & Information Administration and Department of Agriculture funding for broadband projects has been applied for in "hundreds of areas" that already get broadband service.

That is according to a group of association presidents including the heads of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the American Cable Association and the U.S. Telecom Association.

In a letter to NTIA head Larry Strickling and Rural Utilities Service administrator Jonathan Adelstein, the group says it is concerned that the data the agencies are collecting may "inadvertently" provide an inaccurate picture of and compromise the process.

NTIA and RUS are giving out $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus money to go to unserved and underserved areas.

The association heads say that the information supplied by the applicants has made it difficult-to-impossible for their members to examine in the 30 days they have been given to vet and potentially appeal claims of lack of service.

They want changes to the broadband mapping program and time to review new information after the changes have been made.