Missouri Broadband FAQ
Federal Stimulus Broadband Program Overview
The federal stimulus bill provides $7.2 billion in funding for broadband and related programs through two sources – $2.5billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP) and $4.7 billion to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).
There are three application rounds available. The first round of applications is due Aug. 14, 2009, the second round is expected to be due in December 2009 and the third round due in spring/summer 2010.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If funded, when will the proposed Sho-Me network be operational?
- The Sho-Me application, if funded, will bring high-speed broadband access to many Missouri communities. How will the citizens and businesses in those communities actually be served?
- The state is providing $25.2 million in matching funding. What will the state receive in return?
- Sho-Me is not actually connecting these anchor institutions as part of their grant request. How will they then be connected?
- What happens if the Sho-Me proposal is not funded?
Answer: Successful applicants will be notified in November and will have two years to “substantially” complete their project.
Answer: The grant requires recipients to provide open access to any network that is funded. Local Internet service providers, phone companies, cable companies and other providers will be able to interconnect to the Sho-Me network and deliver services to their communities.
Answer: Sho-Me will provide dark fiber and bandwidth to the state at little or no cost. The dark fiber and bandwidth will then be used to connect schools, libraries and higher education institutions to the existing MOREnet network. This dark fiber and bandwidth will also provide high-speed connectivity to state agency facilities and other anchor institutions along the proposed network route.
Answer: MOREnet and the state will work on an application to the BIP and BTOP to be submitted in the second round to connect as many of these anchor institutions as possible.
Answer: The BIP and BTOP programs are highly competitive and there will be three application rounds. To position the state to receive the maximum amount from these programs, an RFP will be issued to develop a comprehensive statewide network. In the event that the Sho-Me application is not funded in the first round, this RFP will be the basis for an application to be submitted in the second round.
For additional information from Gov. Nixon, see www.governor.mo.gov.