The NTIA has extended the deadline for BTOP applications until August 20, 2009. According to a PCWorld article, agency servers have been very slow, causing concerns that some applicants would not meet the deadline due to an inability to upload the application. The NTIA said servers were being added to address the problem, but they felt it necessary to extend the deadline just to be safe.
In keeping with our post yesterday, the PCWorld article also highlighted that this week Qwest Communications said it would not pursue first round broadband funding. While specific reasons were not given as to why, their statement quoted in the article indicated a business case could not be made given the requirements for participation.