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NTIA receives 867 applications for USD11bn

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced that it received 867 applications in the second round of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding aimed at expanding broadband access and adoption across the US.
The NTIA received applications totalling around USD11 billion in funding for proposed broadband projects, while it had allocated in the region of USD2.6 billion for the second round of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The NTIA said it will employ a thorough review process and aims to award first Round 2 grants in the summer.

Applications were received in three categories: Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (355 applications), Sustainable Broadband Adoption (251 applications) and Public Computer Centres (261 applications). The Recovery Act provided USD7.2 billion to expand access to, and adoption of, broadband services. Of that funding, NTIA will dedicate USD4.7 billion to deploy broadband infrastructure, expand public computer centre capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service.

Applications for funding were received from diverse sources including state, local, and tribal governments; non-profit organisations; industry; education providers, hospitals; public safety organisations; libraries, and other community groups. ‘We are pleased that a high percentage of applicants appear to have met our priorities and we look forward to reviewing this more targeted pool of applications,’ said Lawrence E Strickling, assistant secretary for communications and information and administrator of NTIA.

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