The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law on February 17, 2009. The Broadband Initiatives funded in the Act are intended to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved, underserved, and rural areas and to strategic institutions that are likely to create jobs or provide significant public benefits.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development, and the FCC hosted a Kick Off Meeting on March 10, 2009, in Washington, DC to discuss the broadband initiatives funded by the Act, including the new Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, the new Rural Development Broadband Program, and the development of a National Broadband Plan.
NTIA and USDA Rural Utility Services (RUS) held a series of follow-on public meetings that gave the public an opportunity to discuss how NTIA and the RUS should design and implement the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the RUS grants and loans program established in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. All of these efforts should help inform the cross-agency work on the national broadband plan that is being initiated by the FCC.
The Federal Communications Commission anticipates needing resources to assist with the National Broadband Map and Plan as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Specifically, the Commission is looking for individuals with broadband expertise related to deployment and adoption and expects to utilize positions such asProject Managers, Program Managers, Analysts, Economists, Statisticians, and Information Technology Specialists. In addition, the following skills sets may be neededContract Attorneys and Contract Specialists with Federal contracting expertise. Interested applicants should send their resume to Recruit@fcc.gov. Please include Recovery Act in your subject line. Opportunities for employment may also be listed on www.fcc.gov/jobs. Interested candidates should review this website as well.
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