The National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Wednesday announced $63 million in broadband stimulus grants for four broadband projects in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina (pdf).
Of the $63 million announced today, the largest winners in Tuesday’s announcements were the Merit Network in Michigan (pdf), which won $33 million; and MCNC in North Carolina (pdf), which won $28.2 million (below). Both were for infrastructure grants to build fiber-optic networks within their states, connecting households and anchor institutions to broadband facilities.
The UMass Lowell was awarded a $780,000 grant (pdf) — accompanied by $190,000 in matching funds raised by the school — to promote broadband use among the Lowell area’s large Cambodian population, low-income and at-risk youth, the unemployed, residents without college degrees and seniors. UMass students are expected to work in local computer centers with youths and seniors to develop training and outreach materials.
Separately, the NTIA confirmed that it will also begin disclosing “losers” as well as “winners” in broadband stimulus applications – once applicants have begun to receive their rejection letters.
On the NTIA’s searchable database, under the “status” window, individuals may currently search projects by these categories: “Awarded,” “Ineligible,” “Withdrawn” and “Received.”
NTIA has received nearly 1,800 applications during the first BTOP funding round and is currently awarding grants on a rolling basis. Including today’s announcement, NTIA has now awarded 15 grants totaling approximately $200 million under the program.
A total of $7.2 billion is targeted to fund projects that will expand access to and adoption of broadband services in the United States. The NTIA will utilize $4.7 billion for grants to deploy broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas in the United States, expand public computer center capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. RUS will use their $2.5 billion for broadband deployment in primarily rural communities. NTIA plans to announce all grant awards by September 30, 2010.