Monday marks the 14-day countdown to the application deadline for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP).
As we approach the final stretch, the ALA Washington Office wants to ensure all interested libraries have the resources they need to submit a successful application.
Over the past few past weeks, the ALA WO has compiled the information and resources needed to understand each of the three funding programs — Broadband Infrastructure, Public Computing Center, and the Sustainable Broadband Adoption — under BTOP.
Public Computing Center
This program has many ideal opportunities for libraries. The ALA Washington Office released a document to guide members of the library community who have a serious interest in applying to the Public Computer Center.
Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA)
For libraries interested in applying to SBA, applicants should demonstrate a sustainable increase in demand for and subscribership to broadband. For a description of this program and application guidelines, visit the NTIA Web site.
The ALA has expressed concerns that the Notice for Funding Availability (NOFA) for this program has made it challenging for libraries applying. We continue to advocate for improvements to the second- and third-round rules so that libraries are more likely to apply and receive funding. Some of the issues with the first-round rules for this program are outlined in a letter to Assistant Secretary of Commerce Larry Strickling.
For last-minute, “nuts and bolts” question, be sure to participate in the next WO broadband stimulus webinar Wednesday, August 5, from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT.
And, as always, be sure to visit http://www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus for all the information and resources libraries need about broadband stimulus funding.