Access to broadband service is seen as vital to economic, social, and educational development, yet many areas of the country lack access to, or their residents do not use, broadband. To expand broadband deployment and adoption, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) provided $7.2 billion to the National Telecommunications and Information Admin. (NTIA) and the Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for grants or loans to a variety of program applicants. The agencies must award all funds by Sept. 30, 2010. This report addresses the challenges NTIA and RUS face; steps taken to address challenges; and remaining risks in: (1) evaluating applications and awarding funds; and (2) overseeing funded projects. Illus.
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