On February 5th, The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released its most recent quarterly report updating the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The report summarizes activities between April, 1-June, 30 of 2015, and it indicates BTOP initiatives are coming to close. Continue reading
The 2015 USDA Rural Development Progress Report details the investment of $29.75 billion spent on rural development in Fiscal Year 2015. $256.6 million of these funds were spent by the Rural Utilities Service to improve existing telecom infrastructure or build new telecom infrastructure, including broadband networks. This investment impacted 2.8 million rural subscribers across America.
The Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) released an updated residential broadband map today, providing an enhanced tool to help businesses and consumers locate available services in their communities.
Last fall, the Broadband Outreach Center’s mapping team worked with 23 providers to update the residential broadband map. An additional 14 broadband providers confirmed no updates. This was the first time map updates were actively collected by the team since the Broadband Outreach Center was created and broadband provider participation was as high as it has been in the last 5 years. To learn more about the Center’s map data efforts, check out the data submission guidance webpage. Continue reading
USDA Rural Utilities Service is encouraging communities interested in using broadband service to help revitalize small-town main streets and promote economic development to apply for Cool & Connected, a pilot program sponsored by USDA Rural Utilities Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities.
Happy New Year and welcome to the first 2016 installment of the Broadband Outreach Center’s Map of the Month series.
This month we’ve mashed up two state-by-state level datasets that, together, show relationships between access of high speed Internet and overall employment rates. The map color codes each state into one of nine classes, each of which considers broadband and employment rates together.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) today issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the nationwide public safety broadband network, marking a major step forward in FirstNet’s efforts to modernize communications for first responders and other public safety personnel across the U.S. Continue reading
Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on Jan 12, 2016 that USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is soliciting applications for Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants for FY 2016. The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) outlines that applications are due March 14, 2016.