Archive for September, 2010

Final BTOP Awards announced

Yesterday, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) announced the final Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) awards.  See the press release for more information and a list of recipients.

Bill to expand FOIA waits for president’s signature

S 3717 has passed in both the House and the Senate, and now awaits the president’s signature.  The bill amends several acts, including the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to expand the public’s access to public documents dealing with business while still protecting business records.  For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

USDA awards funds to 129 rural libraries in 30 states

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a press release on Friday that libraries in 129 rural communities from 30 states were awarded funding through the Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The $15 million of funding is supplemented by $10.2 million from other sources.  A combination of grants and loans will be used to build and enhance libraries in a variety of ways, including the renovation and expansion of buildings and the purchase of furniture and equipment.  A complete list of library recipients is also available.  (None of the libraries are in Maryland.)

FCC approves changes to E-rate to provide fast, affordable Internet access to schools & libraries

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved changes to the E-rate program.  The changes will provide fast and affordable Internet access to schools and libraries, as well as simplify the application process.  Recommendations from the National Broadband Plan are also included in the changes.  For more information, please see the FCC press release.

Maryland receives BTOP grant to expand broadband Internet access

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced on Friday that the Maryland Department of Technology was awarded $115.2 million in stimulus funds in the second round of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP).  The funds will be used to built a high-speed infrastructure through all 23 counties and Baltimore City and provide broadband service to many anchor institutions, including schools and libraries.  For more information, please see the press release from the US Department of Commerce.

Primary Elections Results

Wondering who won in the Primaries?  Check out the Maryland Board of Elections web site for the election results from Maryland’s Primary Elections on September 14th.

NTIA announces more BTOP recipients

The National Telecommunication Information Administration (NTIA) has announced additional recipients of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funds.  The list includes some libraries, but no recipients from Maryland.  See the press release at for more details.  NTIA plans to make all BTOP awards by September 30th.

Webinar – Libraries and Elections: How You Can Be Involved and Make a Difference

The ALA Washington Office will be offering a webinar entitled “Libraries and the Elections: How You Can Be Involved and Make a Difference” on Wednesday, September 15th, 4-5pm.  Find out how to get involved and ensure that candidates at all levels of government understand the importance of libraries.  For more details, including a link to register, see the District Dispatch posting.

RUS posts Satellite, Rural Library and Technical Assistance Application Directory

Due to numerous requests, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) posted a directory of all applications received in the second round for the Satellite, Rural Library and Technical Assistance programs.

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