The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) released its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Quarterly Program Status Report on July 23, 2013. The Report states that, as of March 31, 2013, 182 BTOP projects remained in active status and 42 BTOP projects were completed.
Other interesting statistics from the Report show that during the first quarter of 2013 BTOP recipients:
- Deployed more than 6,500 network miles, bringing the total number of miles to more than 93,000 in 47 states, four territories, and the District of Columbia. Many recipients are in the final phases of construction.
- Connected approximately 1,800 additional community anchor institutions, bringing the total number of institutions connected to more than 14,000 across 44 states, 3 territories, and the District of Columbia; and
- Installed more than 42,000 new workstations in Public Computer Centers across 38 states, one territory, and the District of Columbia.
NTIA also reported that, during the same time period BTOP recipients spent more than $194 million in federal grant funds, which were matched by recipient contributions of nearly $85 million. Cumulatively, federal outlays for the Program totaled $2.8 billion through March 31, 2013, while total recipient matching contributions exceeded $1.1 billion.
The State Broadband Initiative (SBI) reported adding 20 Million new records across all 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. State programs featured as examples of SBI projects included the “Connect Arkansas” and the “Partnership for a Connected Illinois” programs.
Each quarter, BTOP recipients must report their financial, project performance, and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) related activities. The list posted below shows upcoming broadband grant milestones for the coming year.