11 11, 2021

Webinar: Breaking Down the ReConnect Round 3 Funding Program

2021-11-12T08:29:17-05:00November 11, 2021|Webinar Recordings|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced the application window for Round 3 of its Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect), which will provide $1.15 billion in grants, loans, and grant-loan combinations for broadband buildout projects in rural America. This third round of funding will consider areas where 90% of the households lack access to fixed broadband services with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps. If you did not have qualifying areas for Round 2, you likely will for Round 3 due to this eligibility change. The program requires awardees to provide services with speeds of 100/100 Mbps to all premises in the proposed geographic area(s). RUS will begin accepting applications on November 24, 2021, and all applications must be received by February 22, 2022.

JSI recently hosted a webinar to help those interested in applying for the funds prepare for the 2022 program. Our experts, who have shepherded many companies through the process in Rounds 1 and 2, shared important information and strategies, including:

  • Program requirements and deadlines for grants, loans, and grant/loan combinations, including details on requirements for tribal governments and socially vulnerable communities
  • Differences between Round 3 and previous competitions
  • How to determine eligible areas and whether to apply
  • Details on RUS’s scoring criteria
  • Strategies for success based on JSI’s work with past ReConnect winners

Because of the program’s complexity and the funding options available, this webinar also will feature scenarios for each of the funding options: 100% loan, 50% loan 50% grant combinations, 100% grant, and 100% grant for tribal governments and socially vulnerable communities.

JSI-assisted applicants have been very successful in previous ReConnect competitions, with 93% of Round 2 applicants awarded funding through the program. We are ready to work with you on all aspects of a ReConnect application and broadband project.

For a copy of the webinar recording, please contact Brenda Cordwell at 240-556-1295. For more information about the ReConnect program or to get started on an application, please contact Lans Chase at 770-569-2105 or Amanda Molina at 321-985-5709.

7 10, 2021

NTIA Invites Providers to Challenge Census Blocks in BIP Applications

2021-11-02T12:57:17-04:00October 7, 2021|e-Lerts|

JSI encourages clients to confirm their service areas are not impacted

This week, the NTIA announced a preliminary list of applicants that are undergoing review in its Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP). This announcement opens a 15-day window for service providers to voluntarily submit information to NTIA about the areas proposed for funding. This brief window is now open and will close October 19th.

In its announcement, NTIA released a list of census blocks along with applicants, states/territories, and proposed service areas that they have identified as eligible applications. JSI encourages clients to look at this list and identify any census blocks where they provide qualified broadband service. If you find any blocks in which your company provides broadband service speeds of at least 25 Mbps/3 Mbps, you now have the opportunity to show NTIA that service already exists in the designated area proposed for grant funds.

Information provided to NTIA will be considered when they ultimately award funding if the following information is submitted:

  • Name of the company providing information;
  • Summary explaining the information you have submitted to NTIA;
  • List of 15-digit census block codes for any service area(s) being challenged;
  • List of your Points of Presence (POPs) in or near the census blocks listed by the announcement;
  • Maps indicating where you provide broadband service in an applicants’ proposed service area (preferably in shapefiles, .kmz, or .kml formats);
  • Number of households and businesses that have access to broadband service in that portion of your service territory that overlaps with the applicants’ proposed service area by census block and the number lacking access to qualified broadband service;
  • Type of broadband services offered in your service territory by census block and the technology used to provide those services, including, for wireless carriers, the spectrum that is used;
  • Speed of the broadband services offered; and
  • Number of subscribers that you currently have for each of the broadband services offered in your service territory by census block.

NTIA has requested that some items be provided in their template by census block and in tabular format. Please note, some information will be made public unless identified as confidential. NTIA may request further information be provided.

If you would like assistance submitting a challenge to NTIA or have questions about this process, please contact Amanda Molina at 321-985-5709 or Lans Chase at 770-569-2105.

29 09, 2021

Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program is now Available!

2021-11-02T12:57:27-04:00September 29, 2021|News|

The goal of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program is to award grants that exclusively extend broadband service into unserved areas. The competitive grant process is technologically neutral and should result in awards based on objective and efficient procedures.

  • Ohio has dedicated $270M
  • Application deadline is November 8th, 2021
  • The comprehensive application includes engineering, financials and a detailed narrative.
  • “Broadband service floor” is defined as a retail terrestrial service capable of delivering high-speed internet access at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
  • “Unserved Threshold” is defined as less that 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

JSI has the experience and proven track record to maximize your points and for you to be awarded funding above the industry average. We’re ready to help your company with all aspects of qualifying for and winning competitive funding options including:

  • Determining available loans and grants
  • Mapping of funding areas
  • Financial analysis and preparation
  • Broadband network assessment and planning
  • Guidance through the full process

Please fill out the following form to be connected to a JSI funding expert.



29 09, 2021

Connecting Michigan Communities 3.0 Grant Application is now open!

2021-11-02T12:57:34-04:00September 29, 2021|News|

The goal of the Connecting Michigan Communities 3.0 Grant is to award grants that exclusively extend broadband service into unserved areas. The competitive grant process is technologically neutral and should result in awards based on objective and efficient procedures.

  • Michigan has dedicated $2.9M
  • Application deadline is November 15, 2021
  • The comprehensive application includes environmental, engineering, financials and a detailed narrative.
  • “Broadband service” means a retail terrestrial service capable of delivering high-speed internet access at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
  • “Unserved area” means either a census block lacking access to broadband service from at least one ISP, an area lacking access to broadband service from at least one ISP according to the most accurate and granular data on the broadband map created by the FCC, or an area delineated through the process established in the enabling legislation without at least one provider providing broadband service.
  • Priority shall be given to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted, that are able to demonstrate they have the managerial, financial, and technical ability to build, operate, and manage a broadband network, the likelihood the area would not be served without state grant funding, and that the project will serve a larger unserved area or greater number of locations than other proposals.
  • Initial award recommendations published in February 2022 with Grant Awards Announced in May 2022
  • All grant project work must be completed by September 30, 2025.

JSI has the experience and proven track record to maximize your points and for you to be awarded funding above the industry average. We’re ready to help your company with all aspects of qualifying for and winning competitive funding options including:

  • Determining available loans and grants
  • Mapping of funding areas
  • Financial analysis and preparation
  • Broadband network assessment and planning
  • Guidance through the full process

Please fill out the following form to be connected to a JSI funding expert.



10 08, 2021

Clients Encouraged to Contact Local Governments About Broadband Funds

2021-11-02T13:07:43-04:00August 10, 2021|e-Lerts|

Window for funding requests is short so don’t delay

Broadband providers across the nation should be contacting their Non-Entitlement Units of Local Government (NEUs) – local governments serving populations of less than 50,000 – to confirm that they’ve requested their allocated Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund payments from their state governments. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds may be used for “necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.” Clients may be able to coordinate with their NEUs and leverage some of this funding for various broadband infrastructure projects or to strengthen future state and federal grant applications. But first, NEUs must send their requests to their states to receive the funding payments allocated to them.

NEUs can expect to receive Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund payments through their state governments. States will receive, if they have not already, specific amounts from the U.S. Treasury Department for NEUs and are responsible for distributing these funds to NEUs within their state. Treasury expects to make two payments to states for distribution to NEUs approximately 12 months apart. NEUs must act quickly since ARPA requires each state to distribute these funds to its NEUs within 30 days following receipt of this funding from Treasury, but allows states to request extensions of this timeframe.

Treasury has shared a file online showing whether funding has been set aside for your local NEU. Award amounts are based on the population of the NEU. Each state has its own process and requirements for requesting and receiving Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund payments.

JSI encourages clients to reach out to their local governments to determine if these funds have been requested and/or accepted and whether the NEUs are planning to use the funds for broadband. We are here to help in identifying NEUs, determining how much time an NEU has left to request funds, and how the NEU can request its funding. If you have any questions about the rules surrounding NEUs or the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund, please contact Anna Galanis or Chresanthe Staurulakis in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

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