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Libraries put BTOP funds to work, strengthening communities nationwide

Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Lawrence E. Strickling stated that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had awarded more than $50 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding to develop or expand public computer centers in libraries. Yesterday the ALA released a report (scribd or PDF) sharing library and community impacts from these investments, as well ... Read More »

Librarians headline national BTOP summit

More than 100 representatives of community anchor institutions, telecom policymakers, and broadband providers convened on March 29, 2011, at the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition BTOP Summit in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the day, attendees heard keynote addresses from U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA-5) and Lawrence Strickling, Administrator of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration ... Read More »

Coalition to host BTOP Summit March 28-29

As Congress holds oversight hearings of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and the Obama Administration considers additional measures to promote broadband to anchor institutions to fulfill the National Broadband Plan, we need every voice in the conversation. The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition (of which the American Library Association is a member) will host a national convening ... Read More »

NTIA releases report on BTOP, recognizes the benefits of anchor institutions

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).  The report gives an overview of the BTOP program and discusses the three BTOP award categories (infrastructure, public computing center, and sustainable broadband adoption) in more detail.  The report recognizes the benefits of having included anchor institutions in the infrastructure awards and ... Read More »

ALA asks Congress to ensure BTOP implementation continues

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. ... Read More »