NTIA.gov: Community Anchor Institutions key to success of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program


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(Official Release)

NTIA:  In 2010, as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) awarded more than $450 million in matching grants to establish or upgrade public computer centers and initiate innovative broadband adoption programs in underserved communities. Four years later, that investment has resulted in more than 3,000 new or improved public computer centers and produced 600,000 new household broadband subscriptions.

Schools, libraries, and health care providers were pivotal in making this rapid expansion possible.  These anchor institutions already had close ties to their communities, recognized the enormous benefits high-speed Internet affords, and possessed skilled staff to organize classes and broker learning resources.

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