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23 February 2011 - 1:12pm | by Jennifer Anthony

In challenging economic times, organizations can persevere and even thrive if they forge partnerships that leverage resources. Two non-profit organizations in New Mexico and Washington are using the funds from the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to establish partnerships with libraries that help them better serve their communities.

21 February 2011 - 9:46pm | by Jennifer Anthony

Staffing cuts can have devastating consequences for a library, the effects of which can reverberate throughout an entire community. In the face of economic hardships, enterprising ideas can be a key to survival. Three libraries in Arizona, Texas, and Washington are using innovative thinking and funding from NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to survive in the midst of budget reductions.

19 February 2011 - 5:56pm | by Jennifer Anthony

Acquiring and sustaining high-speed Internet access can be difficult and cost prohibitive in remote and low-income areas. In such communities, innovation and additional funding are often essential. Two non-profit agencies are using the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) to fund innovative ways to assist communities in Ohio, New York, and California.

19 February 2011 - 1:43pm | by Jennifer Anthony

Providing services in underserved and remote areas can be difficult without support systems. In such communities, leveraged resources and partnerships can range from helpful to downright critical. Maine’s state library and a non-profit organization in Washington are using NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding and partnerships with government agencies to attain their goals despite challenging circumstances.

18 February 2011 - 9:48pm | by Jennifer Anthony

Acquiring and sustaining high-speed Internet access can be difficult and cost prohibitive in remote and low-income areas. In such communities, innovation and additional funding are often essential. Two non-profit agencies are using the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) to fund innovative ways to assist communities in Ohio, New York, and California.

8 February 2011 - 10:58am | by Jennifer Anthony

Grant funding can provide essential supports to libraries and non-profits in the face of frozen or shrinking budgets. But without proper metrics, it can be difficult to determine the usefulness and efficacy of funded resources. A non-profit agency in Washington and a library in Maine are two examples of organizations that have developed ways to assess the materials and programming provided by NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding.

3 February 2011 - 2:04pm | by Jennifer Anthony

An engaging, tailored curriculum can make all the difference when providing training to people who have had minimal experience with technology. In these communities, the proper training can be a catalyst for change. Two non-profit agencies are using NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant funding to train communities in Washington and Ohio on computer skills and broadband access.

25 January 2011 - 11:43am | by Jennifer Anthony

In remote and underserved communities, training on computers and related technology is often critical to ensure that residents are equipped with up-to-date skills. A non-profit organization in New Mexico and Maine’s state library are using the funds from the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to fund innovative ways to provide necessary training in such communities.

20 January 2011 - 10:55am | by Jennifer Anthony

Broadband provision in remote communities can often be logistically challenging and expensive. Targeted grants are one way to address the access barriers faced by rural communities. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) provides grants to support the establishment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.

13 January 2011 - 11:05am | by Jennifer Anthony

Remote and low-income communities often have limited choices when it comes to Broadband, and the few options they do have are often cost prohibitive. In these communities, a bit of innovative thinking can make all the difference. Two non-profit organizations are using the funds from the NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to partner with ISPs and provide communities in New Mexico and Ohio with Broadband access.