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[qi:101] Folks applying online for some of the $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds available in the first round of grants have a little breathing room thanks to the government servers hitting a wall. It’s not clear what department is running the servers, but like any […]

[qi:101] Folks applying online for some of the $4 billion in broadband stimulus funds available in the first round of grants have a little breathing room thanks to the government servers hitting a wall. It’s not clear what department is running the servers, but like any company offering a highly popular download can tell you, getting a ton of hits can slow those processor cycles considerably. Good thing the government is thinking about cloud computing.

The deadline, originally scheduled at 5 p.m. ET tomorrow, has been extended to Aug. 20 for folks trying to submit their applications electronically. Those sending in paper don’t get such a reprieve. From the notice on BroadbandUSA.gov:

Over the last several days, the online application system (Easygrants® System) has experienced service delays due to the volume of activity from potential applicants. The agencies have added additional servers to address these capacity issues. Nevertheless, in an effort to give applicants that have already started the electronic application submission process prior to the application closing deadline an opportunity to complete the submission of those applications, RUS and NTIA announce that an applicant with an application pending in the Easygrants® System as of 5 p.m. ET on August 14, 2009, will be given until 5 p.m. ET on August 20, 2009, to complete the electronic submission of its application.

You can look at this as an example of how ill-prepared the agencies are for the duty of dispensing $7.2 billion for broadband over an 18-month-period, or you can note how flexible they are being in the wake of  (presumably) high demand for the money. Readers, I leave it up to you.

  1. At the very least, this is a prime example of irony.

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  2. [...] broadband stimulus program, (those filing electronically get another week to get their applications through clogged servers). Roughly half of the folks I’ve interviewed have decided to wait for the second and third [...]

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  3. [...] broadband stimulus program, (those filing electronically get another week to get their applications through clogged servers). Roughly half of the folks I’ve interviewed have decided to wait for the second and third [...]

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  4. [...] The responsibility for distributing the $7.2 billion in overall broadband stimulus funding is split between the USDA and the NTIA, and the disbursement of the money is divided into three tranches. The deadline for the first tranche was Friday for paper filers, and is this Friday at 5 p.m. ET for electronic filers. [...]

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  5. [...] Burke | Thursday, August 20, 2009 | 9:00 PM PT | 0 comments Friday marks the final day for electronic applications to be submitted for the first tranche of $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funding. As Stacey has [...]

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  6. [...] one, and have asked for more input to improve the application process. The stimulus program, which closed the first round of applications in August, and will distribute the $4 billion in initial funds a little later than planned, has so [...]

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