On Wednesday, July 24, the ALA Washington Office hosted a Webinar on the Broadband and Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) to assist participants in the application process. The Webinar focused on two of the three BTOP programs: Public Computing Center and Sustainable Broadband Adoption. The third program is Broadband Infrastructure.
BTOP is administered through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Broadband Incentives Program is administered through Rural Utilities Service (RUS) portion of the United States Department of Agriculture. This program provides loans for rural areas to assist in the implementation of broadband technologies.
The applications may be daunting, but the ALA Washington Office continues to provide resources to clarify the process for you. In addition to the Webinars found on the Know Your Stimulus Web site, the Washington Office has also put together an informal “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)” page and links to the FAQ page from NTIA and RUS.
NTIA and RUS have recently updated their official website to include FAQs that were included during the nationwide application training workshops. You can find all the necessary information for the grant application process on the official NTIA and RUS website Broadband USA, but you can also click here to go straight to the frequently asked questions. Remember, if you have any particular question you need answered, please email us at email@example.com and we’ll incorporate it into our FAQ page.