NTIA’s Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA) administers the BroadbandUSA program, the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), the Minority Broadband Initiative (MBI) and supports interagency coordination efforts. These programs help to further the deployment and use of broadband technology, which lays the groundwork for sustainable economic growth, improved education, public safety, health care, and the advancement of other national priorities. With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, OTIA will continue to promote broadband access and digital inclusion by implementing the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant program, the Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grant program, the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, as well as implement the provisions of the ACCESS Broadband Act.
The BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband access and meaningful use across America. BroadbandUSA serves local and state governments, industry and nonprofits that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion. BroadbandUSA’s services are driven by the needs and interests of state and local communities, and focus on supporting planning efforts, helping to identify funding, and advising on state and local broadband programs. BroadbandUSA regularly convenes state broadband officials and tracks state-wide broadband efforts through the State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN).
The NBAM is a secure geographic information system (GIS) platform for the visualization and comparison of federal, state, and commercially available broadband data sets. The NBAM will help identify regions with insufficient service, compare multiple data-sets to identify discrepancies in broadband availability, and produce reports and analyses that could be used for broadband policy, planning, and investment decision-making.
NTIA’s interagency coordination efforts focus on improving coordination between Federal broadband support programs and removing Federal regulatory barriers to broadband deployment to make it easier for broadband providers to build out networks across the country. The ACCESS Broadband Act requires agencies to further coordinate Federal broadband programs to prevent duplication and ensure funds are being distributed in an efficient, tech-neutral, and financially sustainable manner. More than 20 different federal agencies currently collaborate in this interagency effort.
In the past, OTIA also administered the following grant programs:
- The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Initiative, an investment of approximately $4 billion in projects throughout the United States to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure, enhance and expand public computer centers, encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service, and promote statewide broadband planning and data collection activities.
- OTIA also continues to monitor a grant to the Public Broadcasting System as part of the Warning Alert and Response Network.
Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications
National Telecommunications & Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Phone: (202) 482-5802