Federal Broadband Funds
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
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:
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
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.