Posts Tagged 'American Recovery and Reinvestment Act'

BTOP report released

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) released a report that has some interesting data and maps showing geographic distribution of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants and total number of applications.

BTOP funding at risk

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is facing a funding shortfall that may put at risk some of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funds that have already been awarded.  The American Library Association (ALA) has written a letter of concern to the Congressional leadership.  For more details, including a link to the letters, please see the District Dispatch posting.

RUS posts project summaries for all BIP awards

Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has posted a list of project summaries for all of the Last Mile, Middle Mile, and Satellite awards made under the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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