Posts Tagged 'Broadband Technology Opportunities Program'

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.

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.

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.

Educator Jobs bill passes in House, goes to president for signature

HR 1586, the Educator jobs bill has passed.  Yesterday the House passed the Senate’s amendments and now the bill will go to President Obama for signature.  This will bring $26 million in aid to states to re-hire and/or retain educators and other government workers, including school librarians.  However, to offset this spending, some money was rescinded from other programs, including the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  All of Maryland’s representatives voted for the bill, except Bartlett.

For more information, please see the District Dispatch posting.

–Natalie

Educator jobs bill passes in Senate; BTOP funding may be cut

Today the Senate passed the Educator jobs bill to provide $10 billion to retain or hire K-12 educators, including school librarians.  This is the good news!

The downside is that in order to fund this, the Senate agreed to reduce spending in other areas.  Last year’s stimulus funds for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) would be reduced by $302 million.  This could have an impact on any second round applications being considered.

The House still needs to approve these changes and will likely vote when they return to Washington, DC next week.

For more details, please see the District Dispatch posting.

BTOP & BIP awards include libraries

The White House announced the 66 award recipients of the second round of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP).  Libraries were included among the recipients, both as primary recipients and as part of a group.  For more details, including a link to the White House announcement and a list of award winners, go to the District Dispatch posting.

Final BTOP Round 1 grant awards announced

The final recipients of Round 1 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) were announced in a press release from the Department of Commerce.  The first recipients from Round 2 should be announced this summer. 

One multi-state grant was awarded to One Economy Corporation.  The list of states included Maryland.  According to the press release, the award was:

 “$28.5 million sustainable broadband adoption grant with an additional $23 million applicant-provided match to implement a comprehensive program of computer training, wireless Internet access, broadband awareness marketing, and online content and applications to residents of 159 affordable and public housing developments and low-income communities in 50 cities and towns across 31 states and the District of Columbia.”

NTIA announces info on BTOP Round 2 applications & new web site

Round 2 Application Information

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it received 867 applications requesting a total of $11 billion in funding for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) projects.  For more information on the applications submitted, see the NTIA press release.

New Web Site

According to BroadbandUSA.gov, NTIA launched a new web site to serve as a resource for information about NTIA’s BTOP and State Broadband & Development Grant Program (Broadband Mapping).


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