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Department of Interior to Study BTOP

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WASHINGTON July 29, 2010- The National Business Center an office within the Department of the Interior is seeking a study of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The Request for Quotation states:

To obtain Contractor provided services to conduct a study of the impact the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant awards are having on broadband availability, adoption, and on economic and social conditions in areas served by the grantees. Such assessment should take into account a number of key factors such as the nature of the funded activity, existing conditions in the service area, as well as other distinctive characteristics relating to each award. The assessment should also inform the Federal government on the return on investment expected from BTOP grant funding, as well as identify factors influencing performance and impact that can be used to inform future efforts, whether funded by the government or the private sector. This requirement is in accordance with the background provided below.

The goal of the study would be to determine if the grants achieved the goals of the program.

The full announcement can be found at : http://ideasec.nbc.gov/j2ee/announcementdetail.jsp?serverId=NB1401GW&objId=16122

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