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Broadband Stimulus

Broadband Stimulus

The Recovery Act appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits. The result is the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. BTOP will provide grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects.

More about the Recovery Act

Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act), the Buy American provision, states that none of the funds appropriated by the Act, including the funds that have been dedicated to grants under BIP and BTOP, "may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States." However, Subsections 1605(b) and (c) of the Recovery Act authorize the head of a Federal department or agency to waive the Buy American provision by finding that applying the provision would be inconsistent with the public interest.

On June 19, 2009 the Secretary of Commerce granted a limited waiver of Section 1605 for projects funded under the BTOP and on July 1, 2009 the RUS granted a limited waiver of the Section 1605 for projects funded under the BIP. Both waivers apply to certain categories of broadband equipment. The basis for these waivers is the determination that, as applied to those broadband equipment categories, in the case of use in a BTOP or BIP project, application of the Buy American provision would be inconsistent with the public interest. The waivers mean that those items of broadband equipment can be sold to customers pursuing broadband infrastructure projects under BTOP or BIP without the origin restrictions of the Act.

The following categories of equipment are included in the waivers (see details in the attached Federal Register documents):

  • Broadband Switching Equipment
  • Broadband Routing Equipment
  • Broadband Transport Equipment
  • Broadband Access Equipment
  • Broadband Customer Premises Equipment and End-User Devices
  • Billing/Operations Systems

The full details of the waivers are contained in Federal Register, page 31410, "Broadband Technology Opportunities Program," and page 31402, "Notice of Limited Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American Requirement) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for the Broadband Initiatives Program."

Which 3M Products are RUS Listed*?

There are two easy ways to find out.

  1. Shop for the product using either the Product Catalog or Products by Network links on the menu to the left. Once you find the applicable SKU and click for all details, you will find either RUS Listed: Yes or RUS Listed: N/A
  2. Download our catalog of RUS Listed product . (PDF 18 MB)

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*Important Notice

Definitions:

"BA" means that the material or equipment is RUS Accepted as defined in 7 CFR 1755.501. RUS has reviewed and determined that the final manufacture is completed in the U.S. or an eligible country; the cost of components used to make the item is more than 50% from the U.S or an eligible country; and the material or equipment is suitable for use on RUS telecommunications systems.

"ND" means that the material or equipment is RUS Technically Accepted as defined in 7 CFR 1755.501. RUS has reviewed and determined that the material or equipment is suitable for use on RUS telecommunications systems, but it does not meet the requirements of made in the U.S. with more than 50% U.S. or eligible country materials.

"N/A" means that the material or equipment has not been evaluated by RUS, or is not required to be evaluated by RUS. Contact us at 800-426-8688 regarding any questions that you have related to this product.

Important Notice:

The RUS determinations referenced on this page are based on the criteria set forth in 7 CFR 1755, and is not intended to be applicable to any other Country of Origin law. This determination is valid only for the calendar year in which it is provided.

In the event any Product is proven not to conform with this declaration, then 3M's entire liability and Buyer's exclusive remedy will be, at 3M's option, either (i) replacement of Product with a conforming product, or (ii) refund of the purchase price paid by Buyer for each non-conforming product.

If you require a determination for another Country of Origin law regarding government procurement, Free Trade Agreement eligibility, or have questions about whether a specific 3M product is regulated by RUS or meets requirements for a specific American Recovery Act Stimulus program, please contact Customer Service at 800-426-8688 or your 3M Sales Representative for assistance.

Please contact us to discuss how 3M can assist you in navigating the federal requirements and can support you with high quality broadband equipment and components.

Helpful Links:
USDA Rural Development
ARRA
RUS and NTIA NOFA
NTIA BTOP