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.
- Case studies reveal the positive impact of the BTOP at Public Computer Centers (PCCs) across the nation
- Find a Public Computer Center (PCC) in the United States Virgin Islands
- Cyberlearning Digital Literacy course (free to USVI residents through May 31, 2014)