Arris Offers Support To Ops Applying For Broadband Funds

Arris is offering to help cable operators prepare applications for the broadband stimulus funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service program.

The $800 billion American Reinvestment and Recovery Act includes provisions to encourage cable operators to apply for grants, loans and guarantees to assist them in deploying "unserved" and "underserved" communities for broadband access.

The USDA's Rural Utilities Service is handling $2.5 billion of $7.2 billion in stimulus funds covered under the portion of the act called the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program.

Arris said its product lineup enables broadband operators to build wireline and wireless infrastructures and support broadband services that "fully meet the requirements and intent of the ARRA's broadband provisions."

The company said it also offers services to operators in preparing and submitting their applications to the Department of Agriculture for access to the RUS funding, including: eligibility assessment; creation of a suitable business plan and market analysis; technical and network planning; technical solution delivery, logistical engineering and integration expertise; and ongoing project management support.