The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced today that it has received more than 230 applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program, for a total of more than $2.5 billion in funding requests across 49 states and U.S. territories. The city of Cape Coral applied for this grant in August 2021. See NTIA Grant Information below.
As you can see from the attached article this is a highly competitive grant. The city feels they submitted a very good grant application, but there are so many places that are in need of broadband infrastructure.
In Florida, applications were submitted from Monroe, Martin, and Indian River counties. Cape Coral was the only Florida city to submit an application.
NTIA expects to complete its review, selection of successful applicants, and award processing by November 15, 2021. NTIA expects the earliest start date for awards to be November 29, 2021.
Note: The city had a positive meeting with one of the broadband vendors this week. They are not at liberty to discuss the details of the meeting, however, as soon as the NWNA receives an update it will be immediately communicated to our members.
Secretary for the NWNA