Alcatel-Lucent today announced its "Broadband for All" program in the United States, which provides advisory services to help telecommunications companies, municipalities and developers apply for broadband stimulus funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act (ARRA) of 2009. The Act provides more than $7 billion in grants, loans and loan guarantees to unserved and underserved rural areas.

The company has a team of specialists able to support rural service providers, municipal customers, and private developers by offering:

• Funding application preparation and follow-up
• Advocacy with the key stakeholders and agencies – National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which are administering the funds
• Technology consulting and solutions
• Regional seminars and webinars to educate customers and consultants about the funding and application process

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