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RMIUG receives $10 million from Federal Stimulus bill, opens grant process

:: For Immediate Release ::
April 1, 2009

Boulder, CO: The Rocky Mountain Internet User’s Group (RMIUG) has received a $10 million grant from the recently-passed Federal Stimulus bill to promote greater usage of the Internet in Colorado. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law on February 19, 2009 by President Obama in Denver, Colorado.

RMIUG’s board of directors will be soliciting mini-grant proposals for up to $100,000 per grant on the http://www.rmiug.org/ website.

Applicants must demonstrate a way that they can help expand Internet usage within the state of Colorado, including mechanisms for measurement and tracking, as well as pre- and post-follow up surveys that show increased satisfaction with Internet usage in Colorado.

Applicants must be Colorado residents for at least 30 days prior to April 1, 2009, and must not have been convicted of a felony. All new websites or web applications for consideration must be hosted at an approved Tier 1 datacenter, also located within the state’s borders.

Grants will be administered and awarded by the sole discretion of the RMIUG board. Areas of grant interest include (but are not limited to): iPhone applications, Facebook applications, Web 2.0 interface development, video podcasts and 3D blogging.

Board members will be compensated for their time, and will each be awarded an additional $125,000 Accelerated Internet Growth (AIG) bonus if RMIUG’s grant is able to demonstrate a 10% increase in Internet usage by Colorado citizens by April 1, 2010.

According to Jeff Finkelstein, one of the board members of the Rocky Mountain Internet User’s Group, “We’re thrilled to be part of the solution for helping get the economy in Colorado going and increasing Internet usage in our state. Who would have thought our little grant proposal would have been approved by the Federal Government?”

Fellow board member Dan Murray agreed. “RMIUG has always been at the forefront of launching bold new initiatives, especially at this specific time of year. We’re proud of our history of bringing forth unexpected and even startling new announcements that surprise, bewilder and sometimes baffle our loyal and devoted members.”

Grant applications, questions or comments should be directed to the Board, rmiug-comm@rmiug.org

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