[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 44 (Monday, March 8, 2010)]
[Page 10464]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-4777]



National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket Number 0907141137-0119-08]
RIN 0660-ZA28

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability; Extension of Application Closing 
Deadline for Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) Projects.


SUMMARY: NTIA announces that the closing deadline for the submission of 
applications for Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) projects 
under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is extended 
until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 26, 2010. There 
are no changes to the application filing window for Public Computer 
Center (PCC) and Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) projects.

DATES: All applications for funding CCI projects must be submitted by 5 
p.m. EDT on March 26, 2010. All applications for funding PCC and SBA 
projects must be submitted by 5 p.m. EDT on March 15, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general inquiries regarding BTOP, 
contact Anthony Wilhelm, Director, BTOP, Office of Telecommunications 
and Information Applications, National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), 1401 
Constitution Avenue, NW., HCHB, Room 4887, Washington, DC, 20230; Help 
Desk email: [email protected], Help Desk telephone: 1-877-508-8364.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 22, 2010, NTIA published a Notice 
of Funds Availability (Second NOFA) and Solicitation of Applications in 
the Federal Register announcing general policy and application 
procedures for the second round of BTOP funding. 75 FR 3792 (2010). In 
the Second NOFA, NTIA established an application window for BTOP 
projects beginning February 16, 2010 at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time 
(EST) through March 15, 2010 at 5 p.m. EDT (application closing 
    NTIA announces this extension in the application closing deadline 
for CCI projects in the interest of ensuring that BTOP funding is made 
available in the most equitable manner. The complexity of preparing an 
infrastructure proposal that is truly comprehensive in scope and 
satisfies the CCI funding priorities outlined in the Second NOFA 
warrant reconsideration of the application closing deadline for CCI 
projects to facilitate the necessary coordination among the various 
stakeholders involved in or benefiting from the project. Additionally, 
there are a number of applicants whose infrastructure applications have 
been actively under consideration for funding in Round One. This 
extension of the application closing deadline will give those CCI 
applicants that are not selected for a Round One award additional time 
to strengthen the quality of their Round Two applications and maximize 
their opportunity to apply for BTOP funding.
    All other requirements for CCI projects set forth in the Second 
NOFA remain unchanged. There are no changes to the requirements or 
application deadlines for PCC and SBA projects.
    All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application 
early to avoid last minute congestion on the electronic intake system. 
However, early submission will not confer any advantage or priority in 

    Dated: March 2, 2010.
Lawrence E. Strickling,
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information.
[FR Doc. 2010-4777 Filed 3-3-10; 1:00 pm]