NTIA, RUS Move Broadband Bid Deadlines


The National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the USDA have granted extensions on certain bidding categories for the second round of broadband stimulus funding as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program or BTOP.

The organizations said on March 2 that applicants for Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects will have until March 26 to file to NTIA, while computer center and sustainable adoption bids will get no extra time. Applications to the USDA's Rural Utlility Service for infrastructure projects will have until March 29.

All bids had been due March 15, and NTIA chief Larry Strickling had said as recently as Feb. 28 that the deadline for all applications was not moving.