[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 56 (Wednesday, March 24, 2010)]
[Page 14131]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-6558]



National Telecommunications and Information Administration

[Docket Number: 0907141137-0154-09]
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 new application closing deadline for 
the electronic submission of CCI projects under the Broadband 
Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is extended until 10 p.m. 
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on March 26, 2010.

DATES: All applications for funding CCI projects must be submitted 
electronically by 10 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2010. There is no change to 
the filing deadline for applicants seeking a waiver of the electronic 
filing requirement. For CCI applicants wishing to apply in another 
format (e.g., paper), NTIA must receive the application and waiver 
request by 5 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2010.

ADDRESSES: The CCI application package for electronic submission is 
available at http://www.broadbandusa.gov. See supplementary information 
for more details.

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, 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 and Solicitation of Applications (Second NOFA) in 
the Federal Register announcing general policy and application 
procedures for the second round of BTOP funding. (75 FR 3792, Jan. 22, 
2010). In the Second NOFA, NTIA required all applicants to submit their 
applications electronically through an online application system at 
http://www.broadbandusa.gov. (75 FR at 3805). NTIA established an 
application window for BTOP projects from February 16, 2010 at 8 a.m. 
Eastern Standard Time (EST) through March 15, 2010 at 5 p.m. EDT 
(Application Closing Deadline). On March 3, 2010, NTIA announced the 
extension of the Application Closing Deadline for CCI projects under 
BTOP until 5 p.m. EDT on March 26, 2010. (75 FR 10464, Mar. 8, 2010).
    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 application requires applicants to offer proposals that 
are truly comprehensive in scope. NTIA recognizes that applicants may 
need the full business day on Friday, March 26, 2010, to finalize their 
proposals. To accommodate applicants in time zones other than the 
Eastern Time zone, NTIA will extend the filing deadline by five hours 
to Friday, March 26, 2010, at 10 p.m. EDT. All other requirements for 
electronic submissions set forth in the Second NOFA remain unchanged.
    All applicants are strongly encouraged to register in the Central 
Contractor Registration (CCR) database now, begin uploading large .pdf 
files when they are complete, and submit their application as early as 
possible. Note, however, that an early submission will not confer any 
advantage or priority in review.

    Dated: March 19, 2010.
Lawrence E. Strickling,
Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information.
[FR Doc. 2010-6558 Filed 3-22-10; 11:15 am]