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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 of community anchor institutions and BTOP grantees to discuss and showcase successful BTOP projects on March 28 and 29. Larry Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, will keynote.

The SHLB BTOP Summit will:

  • bring voices from the field to Washington to educate policy-makers on BTOP early progress
  • showcase how BTOP projects are supporting digital opportunity and economic recovery through work in and with Community Anchor Institutions
  • discuss with policy-makers additional steps that can be taken to promote broadband to community anchor institutions, and
  • share best practices among leading grantees.

SHLB plans to demonstrate strong support for the BTOP program with presenters including libraries, community colleges, K-12 schools, research and education networks, municipalities and commercial companies.

“Approximately two dozen library organizations are grantees or grantee partners in BTOP-funded projects — totaling more than $100 million in grants,” said Larra Clark, director, OITP Program on Networks.

“I look forward to a strong library presence as part of the summit and to raising awareness of how our nation’s state and local libraries are leveraging these funds to meet ever-growing community demand for online information and resources — including those that support employment, education and e-government.”

There is no fee to participate, and registration is simple. Visit SHLB online for an up-to-date agenda, registration and hotel information.

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