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Rural Broadband Capacity Program

Business Oregon is pleased to announce that CARES Act funds received by the state of Oregon have been allocated by the Oregon Legislative Assembly Joint Emergency Board to support broadband projects targeting unserved and underserved areas.

About the Program

The Oregon Legislative Assembly Joint Emergency Board has allocated $10,000,000 for grants from funds received by the state of Oregon under the CARES Act of 2020 for the support of infrastructure construction and emergency response projects to provide increased broadband capacity internet access for telework, telehealth, and K-12 distance learning applications in unserved and underserved areas in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Eligible Projects

A grant may be used for the following:

  • Infrastructure—For the construction of broadband infrastructure capable of delivering basic broadband, a minimum of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream or better.
  • Emergency Response Capacity Projects—For emergency response projects to provide increased broadband capacity internet access for telehealth and K-12 distance learning applications.

Who Can Apply

Oregon cities, counties, ports, tribes, cooperatives, non-profit corporations, public-private partnerships, school districts, education service districts, hospitals, health systems, and private-sector internet service providers for infrastructure construction and emergency response projects to provide increased broadband capacity internet access for telehealth and K-12 distance learning applications in unserved and underserved areas in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Requirements to Participate

Applicants must establish that:

  • Broadband services delivering the current Federal Communications Commission benchmark of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream via terrestrial networks are not available or accessible to users being served by the proposed infrastructure construction project.
  • The applicant is an Oregon city, county, port, tribe, cooperative, non-profit corporation, public-private partnership, school district, education service district, hospital, health system, or private sector internet service provider.
  • The project will address community needs and are necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The expenditures were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020, (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the state or a government.
  • Projects must be completed and in-service before December 30, 2020, delivering basic broadband level service or better at affordable prices that are competitive with areas in the state that have broadband service available today.
  • Project expenditures are incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020, and ends on December 30, 2020.

Guidance

"Unserved area" means a geographic area within which there is no service provider offering residential wireline or wireless terrestrial broadband service at a speed of at least 10 megabits per second for downloads and one megabit per second for uploads.

"Underserved area" means a geographic area within which there is no service provider offering residential wireline or wireless terrestrial broadband service at a speed of at least 25 megabits per second for downloads and three megabits per second for uploads.

Projects to build new infrastructure, and projects to provide broadband access to K-12 students by the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year are priorities.

Note: Information updates may be issued as guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund is received from the U.S. Treasury Department.

Application/Awards

The application period closed July 2, 2020.

Business Oregon has issued grant offers for the following projects. Grants will provide funding for 28 projects that meet program requirements. Awardees include Oregon cities, counties, tribes, cooperatives, a school district, and private-sector internet service providers. Funding will be contingent upon successful contract negotiation between Business Oregon and funding recipients. All projects must be completed and grant funds must be expended by December 30, 2020. Unexpended funds will be returned to the U.S. Treasury in accordance with the CARES Act of 2020.

Organization Brief Description Project Type Grant Offer
Alyrica Fixed wireless network Infrastructure $167,650.00
Arlington TV Coop Fixed wireless network Infrastructure $61,385.28
Blue Mountain Networks Fiber and Fixed Wireless Network providing a minimum 25x3 Mbps Infrastructure $249,486.00
Canby Telephone Association Build FTTH network Infrastructure $175,000.00
Casco PEAK Internet FTTH and Fixed Wireless Network Infrastructure $1,222,757.00
Central Cascades Fire & EMS Build a fixed wireless network Infrastructure $123,500.00
City of Boardman Build a hybrid fiber and wireless network Infrastructure $687,965.00
City of Independence Establish MINET fiber service for unserved students Emergency Response $239,810.00
City of Sherwood Fiber optic network expansion Infrastructure $346,856.86
Clatskanie School District Terrestrial mesh wireless network Infrastructure $22,000.00
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Design and construct a fiber optic network Infrastructure $750,000.00
Douglas FastNet Fiber network expansion (24 miles of fiber) Infrastructure $1,049,467.00
Eastern Oregon Net, Inc. (EONI) Construct a fiber optic network to Summerville Infrastructure $83,330.00
Emerald Broadband LLC Fiber network expansion Infrastructure $1,529,600.00
Frontier Communications NW 1 Fiber-based Distribtuion Network Infrastructure $627,300.00
Hawk Networks Inc. Fixed Wireless Network Infrastructure $13,856.00
Illinois Valley Data Center LLC Fiber network deployment to 112 home development and office complex Infrastructure $113,670.00
Lane Fi FTTH network Infrastructure $145,354.34
Lincoln County Install 12 Merkaki access points at buildings located around the county Infrastructure $28,900.00
Long Creek School District Deploy fiber to school building, and wireless network to serve students Infrastructure $20,000.00
MiWave Nine point-to-point licensed microwave radio links supporting schools and distance education Infrastructure $434,397.00
Monroe Telephone Company Fiber to the Home construction Infrastructure $199,610.00
Pioneer Connect Fifteen miles of fiber optic cable to serve 114 homes Infrastructure $361,082.00
Sherman County Fixed wireless network/mobile trailer platform Infrastructure $160,000.00
Sureline Broadband LLC Fixed wireless network Infrastructure $122,040.80
The GEO Upgrade fixed wireless access points and network Infrastructure $217,400.00
Tillamook County Tillamook County will work directly with the school superintendents and NWRESD to verify families are in need of financial assistance in order to receive no fee internet connectivity. Emergency Response $349,800.00
Warm Springs Telecom Upgrade Central Office equipment and radio equipment on towers and in huts. Infrastructure $492,290.00