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StimulatingBroadband.com is reporting that the Rural Utilities Service of the federal Ag Department has asked for proposals for broadband satellite services. The RUS has $100 million in subsidies available. The notice was published Friday.
Satellite service providers have until June 7 to respond. The RUS is looking to satellites to provide broadband service in the lowest density areas of the country.
“According to one telecom consultant familiar with the broadband stimulus program, and who has studied the RFP already, one of the key requirements of applicants to fulfill by the June 7 deadline will be the identification of those unserved areas not otherwise in receipt of federal funds,” reports StimulatingBroadband.