– Excerpts from statement issued by Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and National Telecommunications and Information Administration Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling
(NTIA) – Over the past five years, we at NTIA have seen first-hand through our broadband grant program the power of broadband to transform lives and impact communities. Broadband has become a cornerstone of economic growth, providing Americans the tools they need to participate in the rapidly growing digital economy.
NTIA invested more than $4 billion in grants through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to build network infrastructure, establish public computer centers, and develop digital literacy training to expand broadband adoption. Through those projects, we’ve made significant progress. Our grantees have built or upgraded more than 113,000 miles of fiber and connected nearly 25,000 community anchor institutions, such as schools and libraries. Our grantees also have established or upgraded 3,000 public computer centers, trained more than four million people and helped roughly 735,000 households sign up for broadband. An independent study (evaluation conducted by ASR Analytics, “Final Report: Social and Economic Impacts of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program” – September 15, 2014 – Editor) today shows that these grants are projected to increase economic output by as much as $21 billion annually.
As part of BroadbandUSA, we will share the lessons learned and best practices developed by companies, state and local governments, and other organizations that received our grants. We will use everything from toolkits and training programs, to webinars and workshops, to provide technical assistance, funding leads and basic guidance to communities as they grow their broadband capacity and use.
- Read full release online: NTIA Announces BroadbandUSA Effort to Assist Communities with Broadband Plans
- Download release in PDF format: NTIA Blog_NTIA-Broadband USA Effort to Assist with Broadband Plans
- ASR Analytics independent study: “Final Report: Social and Economic Impacts of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program”