I blogged about Northfield’s forays into fiber optics awhile ago. While working to develop a partnership with a fiber provider, we were also waiting for the NOFA (that’s Notice of Fund Availability) for federal stimulus grant opportunities. The NOFA was published, but the bad news is that the grant eligibility requirements stipulate that the project area must be “underserved” by broadband which Northfield is not. And Northfield is not alone. Read the Strib’s article about this requirement here. Read the (big) NOFA here. Get some background on the federal broadband stimulus funding initiatives here.