Program Reports

NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit 2013

In May 2013 NTIA released a Broadband Adoption Toolkit based on the field-tested practices of recipients from the Sustainable Broadband Adoption and Public Computer Center grant categories. The Toolkit is a guide to planning and carrying out effective adoption programs with a wide variety of audiences, including youth, low-income, and seniors. It includes chapters on planning a new program, designing outreach and communications activities, setting up training classes, and choosing engaging curriculum. It also has links to detailed examples, tools, and videos that can save time and resources for program developers.
Broadband Adoption Toolkit (23MB download)
Toolkit Resource Links

U.S. Broadband Availability June 2010 - June 2012

This report on the availability of broadband, authored by NTIA, is the first in a series of Broadband Briefs that uses publicly available data collected by the Department of Commerce to examine broadband availability in greater detail. This report uses current data from the June 30, 2012 State Broadband Initiative (SBI) dataset, which is the same data that populates the National Broadband Map (NBM), as well as historical data from June 2010 and June 2011. NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC, and in partnership with the 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia, updates the SBI data and publishes the NBM twice a year. This report examines broadband availability, from the most basic speed levels, which allow a user to access several basic web tools, to the fastest speeds, for which developers are now beginning to design applications.
Broadband Brief: U.S. Broadband Availability June 2010 - June 2012

BTOP Grant Overview Report

On December 14, 2010, NTIA issued a report that provides an overview of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grants awarded. In the report, NTIA highlights various projects in each grant category – infrastructure, public computer centers, and sustainable broadband adoption initiatives – and discusses program benefits to various stakeholder groups, including schools, small businesses, people with disabilities, the unemployed, seniors, and others.
BTOP Grant Overview Report

NTIA Quarterly Reports

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NTIA is required to provide quarterly reports to Congress on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the State Broadband Data and Development Program.

NTIA provides quarterly reports to Congress on the status of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the State Broadband Data and Development Program.

NTIA's Twentieth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the May 2014 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
June 26, 2014

NTIA's Nineteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the January 2014 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
February 12, 2014

NTIA's Eighteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the September 2013 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
October 29, 2013

NTIA's Seventeenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the June 2013 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
July 23, 2013

NTIA's Sixteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the March 2013 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
April 20, 2013

NTIA's Fifteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the December 2012 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
January 16, 2013

NTIA's Fourteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the October 2012 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
October 4, 2012

NTIA's Thirteenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the July 2012 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
July 6, 2012

NTIA's Twelfth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the April 2012 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
April 5, 2012

NTIA's Eleventh Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the December 2011 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
December 22, 2011

NTIA's Tenth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the September 2011 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
September 27, 2011

NTIA's Ninth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the June 2011 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
June 23, 2011

NTIA's Eighth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the February 2011 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
February 28, 2011

NTIA's Seventh Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the November 2010 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
November 17, 2010

NTIA's Sixth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the August 2010 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
August 20, 2010

NTIA's Fifth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the May 2010 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
May 17, 2010

NTIA's Fourth Quarterly Status Report: NTIA submitted the February 2010 quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
March 4, 2010

NTIA's Third Quarterly Status Report to Congress: NTIA submitted the third quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
November 16, 2009

NTIA's Second Quarterly Status Report to Congress: NTIA submitted the second quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
August 18, 2009

NTIA's First Quarterly Status Report to Congress: NTIA submitted the first quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress.
May 18, 2009

BTOP Evaluation Study

On September 20, 2010, the Department of Interior National Business Center’s Acquisition Services Directorate (AQD) on behalf of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded a task order to ASR Analytics, LLC to obtain services to complete an Evaluation Study of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

ASR Analytics is providing all services necessary to develop a sampling method, assessment criteria, and method of analysis to conduct a thorough assessment of the impact that the BTOP grant awards are having on broadband availability and adoption and in achieving economic and social benefits in areas serviced by the grantees. This study will include two Interim Reports and a Final Report to be delivered approximately 48 months from award. The results of the evaluation will help inform the government on the social and economic benefits that resulted from BTOP grant funding, as well as identify factors influencing performance and impact that can be used to inform future private and/or public sector investments.

Based on the ASR Analytics Study Design, case studies are being conducted “to supplement and, in some areas of inquiry, to support the quantitative analysis. The case studies will provide a window into the initial impacts of BTOP awards and provide ongoing snapshots of the Program’s economic and social impacts, allowing for review and possible adjustments for the longer-term, in-depth longitudinal study that will be a centerpiece of the Final Report.”

Progress Towards BTOP Goals: Interim Report 1 on PCC and SBA Case Studies

On October 15, 2012, ASR Analytics submitted the Interim Report 1, based on the first of two site visits to eight Public Computer Center (PCC) and seven Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) grant recipients in the Case Study sample. The first visit to these BTOP recipients occurred in the fall of 2011. The second visit to each of these fifteen recipients will take place in early 2013. Interim Report 1 presents an initial analysis of the baseline data gathered during the site visits, assesses the BTOP recipients’ progress towards the goals established by the program, and provides a framework of five key “focus areas” which ASR will use to measure the social and economic impact of the grants.

ASR Analytics determined that the PCC and SBA grants focused their program activities in five key areas which have been linked to broadband adoption and use: Workforce and Economic Development; Education and Training; Healthcare; Quality of Life/Civic Engagement; and Digital Literacy. For each of these five focus areas, ASR provided examples of activities performed by grantees, initial outputs and outcomes observed, social and economic benefits which may result from these activities, and a “roadmap” of the methods they will use to look for relevant data and indicators in the second site visits in 2013 to measure the results and impacts of the BTOP grants.

Initial findings taken from Interim Report 1: (pages 1-2)

The Interim report concluded that BTOP investments had already begun to demonstrate progress by December 2011, as described below:
• The areas served by the grants in the study sample included populations with historically low levels of broadband adoption. All but one of the selected PCC grants targeted locations with historically high poverty rates. Nearly all of the grants targeted minority populations.
• Grantees had provided more than 5.9 million hours of training in workforce development, education, digital literacy, healthcare, and other topics, in addition to almost 900,000 hours of open lab access for those who might otherwise not have access to broadband.
• Through the continuing efforts of all 65 BTOP PCC projects, new or upgraded PCCs were established at 2,635 locations. In addition, 20 of 43 total BTOP SBA grants had offered subsidized broadband equipment or connections to participants in 2,265 locations.
• The grants in the sample had employed more than 200 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. The eight PCC grants in our sample accounted for more than 90 FTEs, and the seven SBA grants for more than 110.

Next Steps:

ASR Analytics returned to each of the fifteen PCC and SBA grant recipients in early 2013 to conduct the second site visit and to assess the progress of the grant. Most of the grants will be at or near completion. In fall 2013, ASR conducted site visits to the Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI) sample. Interim Report 2 will be delivered in early 2014, which will analyze the results of the second PCC/SBA Case Studies, as well as the CCI Case Studies. Finally, in September of 2014, ASR will produce a Final Report which will measure the quantitative and qualitative economic and social impacts of the BTOP grants.

Resources:

Public Computer Center and Sustainable Broadband Adoption Case Studies

BTOP in Action

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