Many reports are saying that the Incumbents in cable and telco will not be chasing Broadband Stimulus money. Telephony writes:
"It’s not surprising to learn that a number of large incumbents — AT&T, Comcast, Qwest Communications and Time Warner Cable — have all said they will not apply for stimulus funding, however, given that there is a great likelihood that any broadband networks built with federal dollars will be open access networks. Incumbents prefer to control the networks they build and to offer their own content — as both AT&T and Verizon have done with their fiber access buildouts."
Those pesky open access requirements. Worse is the accurate accounting. Also, this money can't be used for any pre-planned projects. More money for a surprise winner.
BTW, in other BB news:
The FCC has named a team of senior technologists who will help lead the effort by the Federal Communications Commission to develop a National Broadband Plan.
Dr. Carlos Kirjner has been named Senior Advisor to the Chairman on Broadband, according to FCC Daily.
Alex Goldman is leaving internet.com in the coming weeks to become a freelance broadband stimulus grant writer sometime between Aug. 31 and September 15. Contact him at agoldmanster at gmail