The Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has confirmed the obvious: fiber projects dominated the first round of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awards.
In a report entitled "Connecting Rural America," the RUS says it awarded $1.068 billion to 68 recipients in 31 states and one U.S. territory through BIP. The grants included:
13 last-mile remote projects that received $161 million
49 last-mile non-remote projects that received $739 million
6 middle-mile project that garnered $167 million.
As I've noted previously, projects that leverage fiber earned the most attention within BIP -- 48, to be precise, the report says. Fixed terrestrial wireless came in second with 23 projects, followed by xDSL (14), terrestrial wireless mobile (5), hybrid wireless (3), coax (2) and satellite (1).
For-profit entities received the most awards (37), but cooperative or "mutual" organizations received the most money (approximately $500 million).