Providers Push for Broadband Funds Without Strings

Providers of cable, wireless and satellite services are trying to convince the federal government to let them have broadband stimulus money without having to partner with Uncle Sam in the process.

The $4.7 billion in funds being distributed by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) can only go to the private sector if the government determines it’s in the public interest. Opponents of the various factions’ request contend that the government wouldn’t have these stipulations if companies had been willing to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas in the first place.

NTIA is holding several meetings throughout the rest of March to take input on rules regarding the broadband stimulus funds.

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