Broadband Briefs for 03/03/10
• Broadband deadline for stimulus funds pushed back
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Many applicants for broadband stimulus money will have a few more weeks to submit their proposals to the government.
The government is pushing back the deadline for applications in the second and final round of stimulus funding for high-speed Internet access. Applications are now due to the Commerce Department by March 26 and to the Agriculture Department by March 29.
The new deadlines apply to projects that seek subsidies to build networks. Proposals for public computer centers and broadband training programs are still due by the original March 15 deadline.
Some applicants have complained that the original deadlines were unfair because the government has yet to respond to all proposals submitted in the first funding round.
• Ovi Store welcomes Skype
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week
Users of Symbian-based smartphones will now be privy to VoIP via Skype’s service. Skype and Nokia jointly released Skype for Symbian, a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform. The free application can now be downloaded from the Ovi Store or directly from the Skype Web site.
Skype for Symbian enables Skype to be used over either a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G).
“With Skype for Nokia smartphones, more than 200 million smartphone users worldwide will be able to take the Skype features they love with them on the move,” said Russ Shaw, Skype’s general manager of mobile.
Skype and Verizon Wireless recently made news when they announced a joint project at Mobile World Congress that allows Verizon customers to place Skype calls over Verizon’s network. Skype has yet to release an app for the iPhone but says one is in the works.