At an event in Washington, D.C.
today, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling described the progress of broadband
stimulus projects, noting that Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)
grantees have thus far installed more than 4,000 computers for public use and
provided computer training to more than 65,000 people.
“These Recovery Act projects are
already providing an essential link to economic and educational opportunities
for thousands of Americans,” said Strickling.
Strickling said that BTOP grantees
deploying infrastructure projects have already entered into approximately 90
interconnection agreements with other Internet service providers, which will
enable these additional providers to connect to the new infrastructure in order
to more affordably expand their own broadband service to local homes and small
“BTOP’s ‘open’ networks allow us to
maximize the impact of Recovery Act dollars and spur additional private sector
investment,” he said.
Speaking at an event hosted by the
Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition, Strickling cited data in
NTIA’s recently launched National Broadband Map showing that most community
anchor institutions, such as schools and libraries, do not have broadband
service at fast enough speeds.
“These findings validate BTOP’s
focus on addressing the broadband needs of community anchor institutions so that
they can harness the power of broadband to improve education, health care, and
Strickling also told the audience,
comprised largely of BTOP grantees, of the agency’s vigorous oversight plans,
including site visits, to ensure BTOP projects “are completed on time, within
budget, and deliver the promised benefits to the communities they