• On September 13, 2010, US Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced $482.4 million in grants under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). These grants will fund eleven Comprehensive Community Infrastructure projects, eleven Public Computer Center projects, and fourteen Sustainable Broadband Awards in twenty-two states and the US Virgin Islands. A list of the projects to be funded can be found here.
  • On September 16, 2010, NTIA also announced two BTOP grants, totaling $6.1 million, to fund the expansion of broadband service in North Carolina and Washington. In Washington, a grant to the Puget Sound Center Foundation for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will upgrade or build thirty-nine Public Computer Centers. The Foundation also has a partnership with Northwest Justice Project, Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program, to place Public Computer Centers in five rural courts that will allow the public access to online legal resources and other services. In North Carolina, the North Carolina Central University School of Law will receive funding to upgrade broadband service, including a videoconferencing service to provide legal services to low-income residents. A copy of the announcement can be found here. These announcements are part of the second round of BTOP funding. Additional projects will be announced on a rolling basis through September 30, 2010.