[Davisgig] Grants for Municipal Fiber?

Richard Lowenberg rl at 1st-mile.org
Tue May 19 12:00:04 PDT 2015

There are not many grants available to Davis or communities like it,
for muni. broadband.    Federal (USDA + other) funding is being 
allocated to very underserved rural and underserved inner city communities.
The NTIA link was for now completes federal stimulus (ARRA) funded projects.

There are funding sources available for applications development, for schools 
and libraries, for city/county emergency communications and more, but
not for infrastructure.   

Particular investors would look very favorably upon Davis, though.
In fact, while start-up grants may be helpful, a well planned muni. network
should be financially viable, generating enough phased income to pay for 
phased deployment, for operations and management and for future growth,
while keeping subscriber rates low, without need of grants or subsidies.   
A university community the size and cultural make-up of Davis, should have 
no problem planning, deploying and maintaining an open access, application-rich, 
FTTP, tiered service network.


On May 19, 2015, at 12:27 PM, Todd Kaiser wrote:

> Hi All,
> Is anyone familiar with grants for municipal fiber projects?
> http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/california
> Although we may not qualify for certain grants depending on the model we adopt.
> http://www.muninetworks.org/content/princeton-mass-setback-muni-fiber-quest
> "Another wrinkle in the plan appeared when Princeton learned that they would not qualify for grant money available from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI). The organization is handling distribution of state and federal funds to assist in local deployments. Handing over control of the network to a private party in such a fashion is against the criteria established for grant eligibility."
> Best,
> Todd
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Richard Lowenberg, Executive Director
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