The FCC just gave the green light to a broadband funding program to reward communities, utilities, co-ops, ISPs and others who can push the envelope to produce creative broadband solutions. Learn how you can develop a proposal that puts you in the running to capture some of these funds.
Alyssa Clemsen-Roberts, Industry Affairs Manager at the Utilities Telecom Council, has worked closely with FCC staff as they developed a process for a diverse set of experiments and data collection initiatives that allow the FCC to evaluate how broadband impacts communities. She shares her insights with listeners to help them understand and navigate the FCC's two-part program of 1) submitting Expressions of Interest (EOI), and 2) applying for the resulting grant program.
The program will award Connect America Fund (CAF) money in one-time grants to fund broadband pilot projects and general network projects. Any entity is eligible to compete for these funds. Clemsen- offers advice on issues such as presenting financial and technical viability of your project, elements of a sound long-term business plan, and garnering local support for the project. Gigabit Nation host Craig Settles has pointers for an effective needs analysis, which will be critical for your pilot's success and the ultimate success of your broadband project.