JUNE 23, 2010 -- Glimmerglass Networks’ family of Intelligent Optical Systems has passed the “Buy American Requirement” set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is included in the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) List of Materials.
The Glimmerglass Intelligent Optical Systems 100, 500, and 600 gained RUS acceptance and are included in the RUS List of Materials. The products are now acceptable for use in telecommunications systems of RUS borrowers and can be deployed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“As a US-based company with all our solutions manufactured in America, we are pleased to be readily available via the RUS listing to assist telecommunication service providers serve rural community broadband requirements with our advanced optical layer management solutions,” says Robert Lundy, CEO of Glimmerglass Networks. “With a growing majority of the world’s Internet, data, voice, and video traffic flowing over fiber-optic networks, there is a significant opportunity across our rural landscape to ensure American communities are not left behind.”
The USDA’s Rural Utilities Service provides programs to finance rural America’s telecommunications infrastructure. The Broadband Loan program provides loans to fund the costs of constructing, improving, and acquiring facilities to provide broadband service to eligible rural communities.
The Community Connect Grant program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants that will provide broadband in unserved areas to provide public safety services and foster economic growth. The American Recover and Reinvestment Act appropriated $2.5 billion to RUS to extend broadband networks to unserved and underserved communities nationwide.