Program Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided a total of $7.2 billion to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to fund projects that would expand access to and adoption of broadband services across the United States. NTIA utilized $4.7 billion of that funding for grants to deploy broadband infrastructure in the U.S., expand public computer center capacity, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. The Program Information sections provide important information about program rules and a comprehensive library of archived materials. For more information on general program resources, reporting, or compliance, please see the Grants Management page.

Program Rules

These resources provide background on important program materials. The documents and links in this section include information on the Notices of Funds Availability (NOFAs) for BTOP and the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program, as well as FAQs about BTOP.

Archived Materials

These resources provide a historical archive of documentation and guidance from the Round 1 and 2 application periods. The Round 1 application period was from July 9, 2009 to August 10, 2009. The Round 2 application period was from February 15, 2010 to March 15, 2010. The documents and links provided include the applications database, application guidance materials, Round 1 and 2 workshop presentations, and service provider, state, and Tribal government comments.

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Steve Thigpen and visitors pose in front of the library’s new computer Auburn University

In March 2011, the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University, in partnership with...

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