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  However, to offset this spending, some money was rescinded from other programs, including the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).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.



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