The ALA today sent letters to leaders in the House and Senate, expressing how critical it is for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to have the resources to continue oversight and implementation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).
As a result of more than 230 BTOP grants awarded, over 2,000 libraries will be provided with high-capacity broadband access.
Unfortunately, NTIA is facing a critical funding shortfall that could jeopardize the ability of libraries to obtain high-capacity broadband via BTOP. The recent report from the Inspector General of the Department of Commerce notes that NTIA has not received the necessary appropriations to continue to implement and monitor the BTOP projects.
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