DECEMBER 12, 2007 -- Alcatel-Lucent says that its 7342 ISAM FTTU (Fiber to the User) offering has been granted both "Rural Development Acceptance" and "Buy American" status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency for deployment under the Rural Development Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
USDA acceptance means that communities of up to 20,000 inhabitants can now install Alcatel-Lucent's 7342 ISAM FTTU equipment using funding obtained under the USDA Rural Development funding programs. Alcatel-Lucent's 7342 ISAM FTTU will be listed in the "ae -- Access Equipment" category, FTTH Systems.
Alcatel-Lucent 7342 ISAM FTTU offering is based on GPON and enables service providers to deliver broadband services over a single optical fiber.
The Broadband Access Loan program provides loans for funding the costs of construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities.
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