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Broadband Technology Opportunities Program - Can You Connect?

October 2010

The Federal Stimulus allocates $4.7 billion through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to provide and improve broadband to underserved communities, including public safety agencies, higher education institutions, and other community support organizations.  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will distribute at least one grant in every state by December 31, 2010.  The federally funded share of any project may not exceed 80%, unless an applicant petitions NTIA for a waiver and demonstrates financial need. 

Grants will be based on

States, political, and non-profit organizations seeking a portion of the $4.7 billion subsidy, must meet a host of requirements.

What are the requirements?

NTIA may create additional, competitive grants to

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