TLA TEXLINE NO. 252
Posted: July 15, 2009 • LEGISLATIVE ISSUES NETWORK


In this issue:
Federal Broadband Applications Available


Federal Broadband Funds Update
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has posted application information for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the program that will deploy American Reinvestment and Recovery Act broadband funding. See http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants/. Completed applications for this round of grants (the first of an expected three rounds) must be submitted by August 14. Application details are at: http://broadbandusa.sc.egov.usda.gov/.

The application is complex.The ALA has an informative webinar posted that provides details about completing the application and suggests criteria the federal agency may use in evaluating proposals.

Librarians are strongly encouraged to contact governing authorities and community partners to determine if any other party is planning to submit grant applications locally. In such an event, libraries have the opportunity to partner locally to be a part of a broader application. The NTIA encourages such partnerships for broadband funding, and applicants will have the added benefit of working with interested parties to craft an application within the short timeline involved.

Broadband in Rural Communities
The Texas Library Association is a member of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Broadband Taskforce. Adam Wright of the North Texas Regional Library System is serving as the TLA representative. The taskforce met today for the first time. The group is expected to discuss what role the state can play in supporting—and perhaps offering feedback on prioritization of—state grants for the federal broadband programs. Information about the taskforce is posted on the TDA website.