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NTIA offers tool to encourage collaboration among stimulus applicants

Yesterday, NTIA at the Department of Commerce launched BroadbandMatch, an online database-driven tool for facilitating collaboration and productive partnerships among applicants for Recovery Act broadband initiatives. The tool is part of a partnership with USDA’s Rural Utilities Service and the White House Open Government Initiative to bring small and economically disadvantaged businesses and other nontraditional companies into partnerships with large enterprises that have resources to create strong, creative grant proposals to connect the unserved and underserved populations across the country.

Please see their press release for further details. From their website:

WHAT: BroadbandMatch is an online service to help applicants for Recovery Act broadband grants find potential partners with whom to apply. Infrastructure providers find content providers! Large-scale institutions find small-scale community organizations! Practitioners find researchers!

WHY: A stronger, more creative applicant pool brings us closer to the President’s goal of broadband for all Americans. This tool helps those with complementary skills and resources collaborate to create stronger applications together than they could working alone.

HOW: Fill out and post an applicant profile and then search for partners.

WHO: Brought to you by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service in support of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative.

For more, see our Broadband Resources page.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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