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BTOP Projects at Work: Promoting Sustainable Broadband Adoption

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.

BTOP Projects at Work: Increased Access in the Community and at Home

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.

BTOP Projects at Work: Developing an Engaging Curriculum

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.

BTOP Projects at Work: Forging Partnerships with ISPs

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.

Hiring Trainers for My Community-Based Nonprofit

A few weeks ago, we wrote about ACCEL, the organization managing the Connect Your Community project in Appalachian Ohio. In this guest blog post, Jason Schroeder explains his hiring process for the project. He argues that when hiring public computing trainers, the primary criterion should be community-mindedness, not technical expertise. - Elliot Harmon

Municipal Broadband is a promising response to underperforming or nonexistent ISPs

When it comes to high-speed Internet access, we exhibit classic symptoms of addiction. That is, we need increasing levels of the desired substance (i.e. bandwidth) to get the same buzz.

Sustainable Broadband Adoption: Are ISPs the Missing Link?

As Sarah mentioned a few weeks ago, TechSoup is currently working on a project funded by the Surdna Foundation to survey the landscape of BTOP-funded public computing initiatives and compile resources, lessons learned, and best practices. It's been fascinating to chat with people about their projects and learn about recent successes and challenges in the world of public access computing.

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