Alvarion’s 802.16e BreezeMAX 2300 and 2500 base stations received USDA Rural Development acceptance and “Buy American” status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service. The status is required for operators requesting federal funds from the Rural Broadband Access Loan program for the purpose of purchasing and deploying broadband systems. From 2001 through 2007, RUS has provided almost $6.5 billion in telecom grants, loans and loan guarantees for rural development, according to the company.