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NTIA Announces Meetings to Discuss Broadband Grants, Launches New Web Page

February 24, 2009

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NTIA Announces Meetings to Discuss Broadband Grants, Launches New Web Page

February 24, 2009

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that it will begin holding meetings with interested parties to discuss implementation of the new NTIA broadband grants program established by the recently passed economic stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Congress directed NTIA to make grants available on a competitive basis to expand broadband deployment through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program but left many key details of the program to the discretion of NTIA. For example, NTIA may provide funding to any entity, including a broadband service or infrastructure provider, that NTIA finds by rule to be in the public interest. These meetings will provide an invaluable opportunity to shape the debate over which entities will be eligible to receive these funds, how the funds may be used and other key issues surrounding the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.

Meetings will be scheduled beginning March 2, 2009, and will continue until further notice. Attendance is limited to space available, and NTIA reserves the right to hold individual or group meetings, depending on the number of meeting requests received. Group meetings may be transcribed or streamed to the web and placed on the public record. Interested parties will have an opportunity to ask questions at the meeting. NTIA also established a new web page, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants, that will be used to disseminate information to the public about this program. Those with any interest in securing funding or potentially partnering with grant recipients should consider scheduling a meeting with NTIA as soon as possible.

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