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Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) is a competitive grant program that helps public broadcasting stations, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations construct facilities to bring educational and cultural programs to the American Public using broadcast and nonbroadcast telecommunications technologies. Under the program's authority, funds are also allocated to support the Pan-Pacific Educational and Cultural Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT) project. PEACESAT provides satellite-delivered education, medical, and environmental emergency telecommunications to many small-island nations and territories in the Pacific Ocean region.

PTFP to Shutdown
On April 15, 2011, the President signed into law H.R. 1473 (Public Law 112-10), The Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, which provided no funding for the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) in Fiscal Year 2011.

As a result, NTIA will not process applications it has received or award any additional grants under the PTFP.

NTIA has begun the orderly shutdown of PTFP and will destroy copies of all applications received for the FY 2011 grant round upon the shutdown of the program.

NTIA will continue to monitor PTFP grants it has previously awarded to ensure that taxpayer funds are utilized in the most responsible and efficient manner. The terms and conditions of all PTFP grants remain in effect until the expiration of a grant's award period.

Additional information for PTFP grantees

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Repeal of Regulations Governing the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

September 20, 2017

NTIA is repealing its regulations governing the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP). The PTFP was a competitive grant program that helped public broadcasting stations, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to construct public television and radio stations. As of Fiscal Year 2011, no funds have been available for PTFP grants. NTIA is repealing its regulations governing the PTFP because the regulations are unnecessary and obsolete. This rule becomes effective on September 20, 2017.

Notice of Repeal of Regulations Governing the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program

July 18, 2017
Docket Number
170627596–7596–01

NTIA issues this NPRM to propose the repeal of its regulations governing the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP). The PTFP is a competitive grant program that helps public broadcasting stations, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to construct public television and radio stations. As of Fiscal Year 2011, no funds have been available for PTFP grants. NTIA is proposing to repeal its regulations governing the PTFP because the regulations are unnecessary and obsolete. Comments must be received by August 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

PTFP Notice of Funds Available

January 29, 2002
Docket Number
000410097–2017–04

On November 20, 2001, the NTIA announced the Notice of Closing Date and Solicitation of Applications for the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) At the time the Notice of Closing Date and Solicitation of Applications appeared in the Federal Register, PTFP had not been appropriated funds through the fiscal year. NTIA is publishing this Notice of Availability of Funds to announce the funds available for fiscal year 2002 PTFP grants. (Acrobat PDF 38 Kb)

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