The SHLB Coalition's first initiative was to support the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. With our support, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) -- an arm of the US Department of Commerce -- provided approximately $4 billion in funding for programs to support the deployment and use of high-capacity broadband services to community anchor institutions. The BTOP program, which was largely completed in has now connected over 20,000 anchor institutions with high-capacity broadband, and the broadband adoption and public computer center programs led to 2 million new subscribers to broadband services.

SHLB Documents on BTOP

November 15, 2013 The SHLB Coalition Finds Fault with Study Critiquing BTOP Program
February 26, 2013 SHLB Statement to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and the Internet
July 2, 2010 SHLB Press Release on 66 Funding Awards
February 16, 2010 SHLB Request for Round 2 Extension
November 30, 2009 SHLB Comments Filed with NTIA
August 31, 2009 SHLB Comments on BTOP Information Collection
July 14, 2009 SHLB Letter to NTIA

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