BTOP/BIP Grantees

Broadband Infrastructure Case Studies -- How Broadband Changes the Game

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

In 2010, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration hired ASR Analytics, LLC to conduct a comprehensive study on the societal and economic impacts of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In advance of the Broadband Communities conference, NTIA is releasing the final case studies from the evaluation.

NTIA Releases Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Quarterly Program Status Report

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration released Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Proof-of-concept FirstNet project gets underway in New Jersey

Location:
NJ, United States

Setting out to meet an ambitious timeline, first responders in three regions of New Jersey are expected in 2015 to use a new dedicated public-safety LTE network composed entirely of deployable infrastructure operating on 700 MHz Band 14 spectrum licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

The Public Computer Center at the College of Menominee Nations, Wisconsin

Location:
College of Menominee Nations, Keshena, WI, United States
Recommendation:
1

While Native American Heritage Month is celebrated just once a year in November, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has been serving America’s Tribal Nations effectively for many years through its grant programs. One such grant of $3.4 million was made in 2010 to the College of Menominee Nations (the College) through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Digital Literacy is a Game Changer: A Neighborhood-Level Analysis of Chicago’s Smart Communities

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Internet has generated huge economic gains for people all over the world. But some urban communities have not seen an equal share of the benefits. Chicago’s Smart Cities program aimed to help close the digital divide.

BTOP Grantees Improve Broadband Adoption: Foundation for California Community Colleges and Connect Arkansas

Location:
Foundation for California Community Colleges, 1102 Q Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811, United States
Recommendation:
2

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appropriated $4.7 billion for the U. S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to establish Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to increase broadband access and adoption; provide broadband access, training and support to schools, libraries, healthcare providers, and other organizations; improve broadband access to public safety agencies; and stimulate demand for broadband. In 2009 and 2010, NTIA invested approximately $4 billion in 233 BTOP projects and $239 million in 56 State Broadband Initiative (SBI) projects benefiting every state, as well as five territories and the District of Columbia. As of March 31, 2014, 82 projects remained in active status, and 198 projects had completed their project activities. The NTIA is required by law to provide quarterly reports to Congress on the status of BTOP. On October 3, NTIA released the 21st quarterly report which focuses on BTOP’s activities from January 1 to March 31, 2014. The report highlights two BTOP grantees: 1) Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC) and 2) Connect Arkansas.

US investigates West Virginia fiber cable project

Location:
WV, United States
Recommendation:
1

A letter sent to West Virginia suggests the US is looking into whether Frontier padded invoices with unnecessary costs -- and whether high-ranking state officials turned a blind eye to any fraudulent billings.

Charlotte's CIO divulges why the city did not gain access to FirstNet spectrum

Location:
Charlotte, NC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Charlotte (NC) Chief Information Officier Jeff Stovall said concerns about sustainability of the city's planned public-safety network ultimately led to a suspension of negotiations that could have enabled Charlotte to lease 700 MHz spectrum from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Illinois Completes 55-County Broadband Project

Location:
IL, United States
Recommendation:
2

A nearly $100 million, four-year project to connect 55 counties to a high-speed broadband network has been a boon to education, public safety and the economy, Gov Pat Quinn (D-IL) said.

Broadband network proved itself during ice storm

Location:
Columbia County, Appling, GA, United States
Recommendation:
1

February’s ice storm was a brutal attack on the communications and utility services in Columbia County (GA). Power went out to most of the county. One service never failed or faltered -- the county’s Broadband Utility network.

Examining the Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries

Location:
MI, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration released the first three of 15 public computer center (PCC) and broadband adoption case studies.

Remarks by Anthony Wilhelm at National Telecommunications and Information Administration 2014 Broadband Communities Summit

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

Anthony Wilhelm addressed the Broadband Communities Summit and spoke about the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP and the State Broadband Initiative (SBI).

The Fallacies of Government-Run Broadband

Location:
Pacific Research Institute, One Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA, 94111, United States
Recommendation:
2

There is no doubt that an effective broadband infrastructure is essential for the 21st century U.S. economy. This is why the misinterpretations of a recent Government ...

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The Government Makes the Internet Better

Location:
Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son lambasted the Internet service currently available to U.S. consumers as “horrible” -- way too slow and way too costly. Son said a combined Sprint/T-Mobile could address that – if only regulators would allow the wireless companies to merge. Responding at the American Enterprise Institute, James Glassman didn’t need to be convinced that the merger is a good idea, but would not stand for Son disparaging US broadband – “The truth is that the U.S. mobile broadband system is outstripping the world,” Glassman wrote. He accused Son of being “caught in a Japanese mindset where government supervision and intervention is required to be sure everything turns out the way the state wants it to.” Could they both be wrong? Could US broadband be pretty good because of, not in spite of the efforts of the government? Although it did not garner much coverage, an independent, nonpartisan analysis of federal funding for broadband infrastructure and the existence of municipally operated networks finds that both have resulted in improvements in US broadband service.

House Dems: GAO Study Demonstrates Success of Broadband Stimulus

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Commerce Committee Democrats were celebrating a new Government Accountability Office study that they say demonstrates the success of the government's various broadband stimulus programs boosting federally funded networks, including municipal.

Working to Close the Digital Divide in Silicon Valley

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

I joined Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and other Commerce Department leaders in travelling to Silicon Valley to promote the Department’s initiatives to spur US economic growth, innovation, and competitiveness. We’re meeting with leaders of technology powerhouses, fledgling start-ups, and venture capitalists funding the next big idea. Yet, we recognize that not everyone in the region has shared in the wealth created in Silicon Valley.

Highlighting BTOP Success Stories

Location:
OK, United States
Recommendation:
2

In January 2014, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration submitted to Congress its latest report on the progress of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (known commonly as the ARRA, Recovery Act or Stimulus) appropriated $4.7 billion for NTIA to establish BTOP to increase broadband access and adoption; provide broadband access, training and support to schools, libraries, healthcare providers, and other organizations; improve broadband access to public safety agencies; and stimulate demand for broadband. The Recovery Act also provided funding for NTIA to develop and maintain a comprehensive nationwide map of broadband service capability and availability, and to implement the State Broadband Data and Development Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act. As of September 30, 2013, 105 projects remained in active status and 175 projects had completed their project activities. In the latest report, NTIA highlighted a few of the projects that are encouraging economic growth and workforce development.

Nineteenth Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration provided its Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This report focuses on the program’s activities from July 1 to September 30, 2013.

House Communications Subcommittee Postpones Broadband Hearing

Location:
House Commerce Committee, 45 Independence Ave SW 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

The House Communications Subcommittee has postponed a planned Feb 11 hearing on "lessons learned" from the Obama Administration's broadband stimulus program.

Digital Learning Program Prepares Students for School, Careers and Life in the 21st Century

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has enabled major advances in connecting schools to broadband and building the foundation for digital learning both in the classroom and beyond.

Eagle-Net: Feds' review of stimulus-funded broadband network finds shortfalls, but no bombshells

Location:
EAGLE-Net Alliance, 11800 Ridge Parkway, Broomfield, CO, 80021, United States
Recommendation:
2

A US Department of Commerce inspector general's review of Eagle-Net Alliance's Colorado high-speed Internet network, paid for with $100.6 million in federal stimulus funding, finds that the project fell far short of its goals and had weak financial controls. But the review didn't unearth much new about the project, which has been a magnet for criticism.

$2.5M in West Virginia broadband stimulus funds headed back to feds

Location:
WV, United States
Recommendation:
2

West Virginia will have to return to the federal government about $2.5 million in stimulus funds left over from a statewide broadband expansion project plagued by allegations of mismanagement and reckless spending.

Look for broadband to have huge impact in 2014

Location:
NC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Last year was a banner year for broadband. Look for more in 2014.

Narrowing the Digital Divide in the Navajo Nation

Location:
Navajo Nation, Defiance, AZ, United States
Recommendation:
2

Spread across the Four Corners region of the American Southwest, at least 60 percent of homes of the Navajo Nation don’t have landline telephone service even though wireless signals are often spotty or nonexistent.

NTIA’s Year in Review and 2014 Forecast

Location:
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

A look at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s accomplishments in 2013 and a forecast its plans for 2014.

Report Attacks Broadband Stimulus Award Process

Recommendation:
2

Economists Greg Rosston and Scott Wallsten argue that “rural subsidies take money from urban customers and give [it] to rural residents and companies serving rural residents,” that “there is little economic rationale for subsidizing rural areas” and that “subsidy money for rural areas ultimately results in either a transfer to rural landowners or rural service providers.”

FirstNet Board Approves Spectrum Lease Agreements with Adams County, Colo. and New Jersey

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
2

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board approved separate agreements with the State of New Jersey and Adams County (CO) allowing them to lease access to FirstNet’s spectrum. With the approval of these agreements, FirstNet has entered in to four separate spectrum lease agreements with public safety Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grantees.

Colorado School Broadband Provider Reports To Lawmakers

Location:
EAGLE-Net Alliance, 11800 Ridge Parkway, Broomfield, CO, 80021, United States
Recommendation:
2

An entity charged with connecting Colorado schools to broadband told lawmakers it hopes to have more than 80 percent of districts covered by the end of 2014 as federal grant funding is running out.

Frontier exec storms out of broadband meeting

Location:
Charleston, WV, United States
Recommendation:
1

Frontier Communications executive Dana Waldo abruptly walked out of a public meeting at the West Virginia Capitol, after he accused Citynet CEO Jim Martin of misleading state officials and defaming Frontier.

West Virginia at risk of losing $4.4M for broadband expansion

Location:
WV, United States
Recommendation:
2

West Virginia may have to return more than $2.5 million in leftover federal stimulus funds from a statewide high-speed Internet expansion project that has been plagued by allegations of mismanagement and reckless spending.