New deadline for electronic filings only: March 26, 2010 at 10:00 p.m. EDT

Are you planning on filing an application for a Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) project in connection with the Second NOFA? NTIA has announced that the deadline for electronically-filed applications for CCI projects has been extended a generous five hours. The old deadline (which we reported here) of 5:00 p.m. on March 26 is now old news; the new deadline is 10:00 p.m. the same day. According to NTIA, “[t]he complexity of preparing an infrastructure application requires applicants to offer proposals that are truly comprehensive in scope”, and so “applicants may need the full business day on Friday, March 26, 2010, to finalize their proposals.” But the previous 5:00 p.m. EDT deadline would have meant that would-be applicants outside the Eastern time zone would be getting less than the full day. To be equitable, NTIA has now tacked on an additional five hours.

Note that this extension does not apply to any applications which are not electronically-filed. That means that if you’re planning on filing the old-fashioned way, on paper, your deadline is still 5:00 p.m. EDT on March 26 – and since electronic filing is the default requirement, any such horse-and-buggy filing will have to be accompanied by a waiver request.