Commerce Department Announces 35 Broadband Grants in 22 States
Broadband Stimulus, Broadband's Impact
September 13th, 2010
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.
Reflections on ‘Sustainable Adoption’ for Round 2 of Broadband Stimulus
Broadband Stimulus, Expert Opinion, Universal Service
January 11th, 2010
LAKE FOREST, Ill., January 11, 2010 – Last July when the Round 1 of Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program was announced, Don Samuelson suggested that public housing authorities across the country ought to be applying to BTOP for financial assistance to promote the use of the Internet by their senior residents:
“Every public housing authority in the United States should apply for stimulus funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Agency to set up a program to promote the benefits and use of the Internet for its senior housing residents. The goal should be to make the case for the practical benefits of broadband and the Internet sufficiently compelling so that seniors would want a computer and Internet connection in their individual units. The use of the Internet should be as valuable as a TV or a phone. This is a ‘value proposition’ that remains to be made. ”
It appears that no one followed the suggestion. There were no sustainable adoption proposals in the first round of BTOP for senior housing. We’ve since updated our analysis and refined our thinking.