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Rural Broadband Capacity Pilot Program

Business Oregon is pleased to announce a new pilot program to assist with planning for and deployment of broadband projects targeting rural and underserved populations.

About the Program

The Governor's Office has approved funding of $500,000 for grant(s) to support broadband planning, engineering, and/or infrastructure deployment projects targeting rural areas lacking adequate broadband access. These are areas that do not have broadband service available at the current FCC designation of 25 million bits per second (Mbps) downstream and 3 Mbps upstream, excluding satellite service.

The program places particular emphasis on investments that assist communities, businesses, or industries in cost-effective projects that impact retention and growth of significant traded sector industries in Oregon.

Eligible Projects/Use

A grant may be used for the following:

  • Planning—For projects to organize and engage rural community stakeholders to develop broadband strategic plans for the deployment, adoption, and utilization of broadband infrastructure in their respective communities.
  • Engineering—For projects that have completed plans, a grant may be used for the design and engineering of broadband infrastructure.
  • Infrastructure—For projects that have completed plans and engineering designs, a grant may be used for the construction of broadband infrastructure.
  • Matching Funds—A grant also may be used as matching funds to enable recipients to qualify for grants and loans from federal and private foundation funding programs for broadband planning, engineering, and infrastructure deployment projects.

Who Can Apply

Oregon cities, counties, ports, tribes, cooperatives, non-profit corporations, and public-private partnerships that wish to pursue broadband capacity improvement projects for their community may apply.

Timeline

The projected timeframes for this pilot program are:

  • Request for Applications for Funding issued January 12, 2018
  • Applications due by February 21, 2018
  • Award offers made by March 15, 2018

Funding offers will be contingent upon successful completion of the application process and negotiation of contractual terms between Business Oregon and applicant.

Projects

Oregon cities, counties, ports, tribes, cooperatives, non-profits, and public-private partnerships submitted proposals. There were 25 applications submitted for more than $4.8 million in requested funding. Grants awarded will support broadband planning and infrastructure projects located in Baker, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Morrow, Harney, and Tillamook counties.

Organization | Project Name Grant Brief Description
City of Baker City |
Elkhorn View Industrial Park Broadband
$137,000 Baker City will deploy a fiber distribution network throughout the 65-acre city-owned industrial park.
City of Boardman |
Broadband Strategic Planning
$10,000 Boardman will develop a Broadband Strategic Plan for the city.
City of Glendale |
City of Glendale
$140,000 Glendale will deploy a city wide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) network through a public-private partnership.
Columbia County |
Columbia County Broadband Project
$68,300 The county will assess its broadband needs, infrastructure, vendor resources, and strategic options including a county-wide fiber ring to provide high-speed internet services to residents, businesses, anchor institutions, and emergency services throughout the county.
Coos Curry Electric Coop |
Broadband Feasibility Study
$19,700 CCEC will conduct a feasibility study for building a broadband network to provide services to rural underserved areas of Coos, Curry, and part of Douglas counties.
Harney County |
Harney County Broadband
$75,000 The county will develop a Broadband Strategic Plan in collaboration with the cities of Burns and Hines, and the Burns Paiute Tribe.
Tillamook Lightwave |
Port area of Garibaldi
$50,000 TLW will expand its fiber network in the Port of Garibaldi area to deliver Gigabit services and support economic development.