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State Broadband Initiative

NTIA's State Broadband Initiative implements the purposes of both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act, which envisioned a comprehensive program -- led by state entities or non-profit organizations working at their direction -- to help integrate broadband and information technology into state and local economies.

Through the State Broadband Initiative (formerly called the State Broadband Data and Development grant program), NTIA awarded a total of $293 million to 56 grantees, one from each of the 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia, or their designees. Grantees are using this funding to support the efficient and creative use of broadband technology to better compete in the digital economy. These state-created efforts vary depending on local needs but include programs to assist small businesses and community institutions in using technology more effectively, conduct research on barriers to broadband adoption, implement innovative applications that increase access to government services and information, and support state and local task forces to expand broadband access and adoption.

Since accurate data is critical for broadband planning, another purpose of the State Broadband Initiative is to assist states in gathering data twice a year on the availability, speed, and location of broadband services, as well as the broadband services that community institutions use. The data will be used by NTIA to update its publicly searchable, interactive National Broadband Map.

See also: NTIA's Recovery Act broadband programs

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Twenty-Fourth Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP

July 10, 2015

Pursuant to Section 6001(d)(4) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) (Public Law No. 111-5), NTIA provides this Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This Report focuses on the Program’s activities from October 1 to December 31, 2014.

Twenty-Third Quarterly Status Report to Congress Regarding BTOP

April 09, 2015

Pursuant to Section 6001(d)(4) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) (Public Law No. 111-5),NTIA provides this Quarterly Report on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This Report focuses on the Program’s activities from July 1 to September 30, 2014.

Expanding the Benefits of Broadband in Mississippi

February 11, 2015

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA team convened a productive workshop in Jackson, Miss., last week to explore ways to close the digital divide in a state that continues to expand broadband connectivity and adoption.

The event was the second in a series of regional workshops that NTIA is hosting across the country as part of its new BroadbandUSA program, which is helping communities improve local broadband capacity and utilization.

The new initiative – highlighted by President Obama last month – builds on lessons learned and best practices from NTIA’s successful broadband grant programs, which invested more than $4 billion in network infrastructure, public computer centers, digital literacy training and broadband mapping. BroadbandUSA provides resources – including technical assistance, toolkits and guides – to help communities assess local broadband needs, engage stakeholders, explore business models, evaluate financing options and attract private-sector investment.

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