WASHINGTON, September 13, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced 35 new Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants, for a total of $482.4 million distributed across 22 states and the Virgin Islands. This set of grants focused on sustainable broadband adoption and infrastructure projects.
Two projects will be on tribal land one in Montana the other in Utah; three of the projects focus on telehealth including one in Georgia which will connect a number of the state’s hospitals.
Four of the projects will not only help to provide access to high speed access but also promote digital literacy programs. In Illinois, the My Way Village project will “provide digital literacy training and technical support, offer workforce skill development particularly targeted for seniors, and increase access to computers and Internet connections.”
“These projects will have a real, lasting impact on communities across the country,” Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling said.
“We are investing in ‘middle mile’ networks that bring high-speed Internet access to communities and connect key anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, and hospitals. We are also investing in projects to improve access and spur Internet usage and adoption. This allows us to get the most bang for every grant dollar and award projects that will address communities’ broadband problems while creating jobs and facilitating sustainable economic growth.”