- On August 18, 2010, Vice President Biden announced 94 grants for broadband projects under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The grants total $1.8 billion and will fund projects in 37 states. A copy of the announcement may be found here. A list of the awards can be found here.
One grant, totaling $102 million, was given to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), a client of Arent Fox. It is the largest federal grant in the history of the state of Arkansas, officials said Tuesday. The funding from BTOP will be supplemented by a match of more than $26 million, for a total project cost of more than $128 million, making this one of the largest funded broadband stimulus projects announced to date. The project will address critical broadband needs in health care, higher education, public safety, and research in unserved, underserved, and economically distressed areas in Arkansas.
- On August 16, 2010, NTIA announced a grant totaling $10.6 million for the North Central New Mexico Economic Development District to fund deployment of high-speed Internet infrastructure to five Native American tribal communities and across the counties of Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and northern Santa Fe. A copy of the announcement can be found here.