How long after someone is approved do they have to
build out?  IE, if they don't build out their system after a
year or two, what happens to that money, whether it be a
grant or a loan guarantee?


----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Whigham" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 4:32 PM
Subject: Re: [WISPA] Fw: USDA RUS loans/grants?


Marlon,
I have not seen one; but I have heard of them. I feel silly addressing you since you are one of the 'experienced' people on this list.

Someone from USDA (or HUD, can't remember) came and presented funding options for rural wireless network buildout at a rural broadband conference that I attended this past fall (http://www.nespal.org/unwired05/program.htm). One must ensure (due dilligence) that there are no networks that are already servicing the area. It appears that the fellow in your post is doing just that in order to qualify for the loan.

The loans can be spent on infrastructure and equipment only. They can not be used to rent towerspace or upstream bandwidth. And they can't be used for salaries. Per the speaker, the loans aren't that hard to qualify for. And they can be for large amounts.

I'm sure you'll find more details on the website that he posted below.

Sorry if I was totally off base; I wasn't quite sure what you were asking.

Brian Whigham
Yonder Networks
888-770-3421
www.yondernetworks.com

Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 wrote:

anyone seen anything like this before?

Marlon
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----- Original Message ----- From: D. Ryan Spott
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ; [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:54 PM
Subject: USDA RUS loans/grants?




Don't you provide service here?:

LEGAL NOTICE OPEN RANGE COMMUNICATIONS INC We are a prospective applicant under the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program being administered by the Rural Development, Utilities Programs (RDUP), United States Department of Agriculture. We are required, as a prospective applicant to announce our intent to provide broadband services (200 kilobits upstream and downstream) in the State of Washington in the following communities: Anacortes, Artondale, Burlington, Camas, Clarkstone Heights-Vineland, College Place, East Port Orchard, East Wenatchee Bench, Ephrata, Ferndale, Fort Lewis, Gig Harbor, Grandview, Green Acres, Lynden, Moses Lake, Othello, Quincy, Steilacoom, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Waller, Washougal, West Richland. Incumbent broadband service providers have 30 days from the date of this Legal Notice to inform RDUP if they are currently providing broadband service in these areas or if they have a commitment to provide service in these areas. Incumbent broadband service providers should submit to RDUP, on a form prescribed by RDUP, the number of residential customers receiving broadband service in the proposed service area, the rates of data transmission, and the cost of each level of service or proof of commitment to provide service in the proposed service area. A map should also be provided showing the boundaries of your service area in relation to the communities above. A Legal Notice Response Form can be obtained from RDUP's website at www.usda.gov/rus/telecom. (This ad is from 04/17/2006 to 04/18/2006.)


ryan


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