ARRAThe Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is winding towards a close, according to the latest quarterly update from NTIA, which highlights broadband stimulus program results. The report dated October 2015 but only released publicly last week, provides a summary of what the BTOP program had accomplished as of June 2015.

In 2009 and 2010, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which administered the BTOP program, awarded approximately $4 billion to 233 BTOP projects. Those projects focused on four areas:

  • $3.5 billion to 123 infrastructure projects (primarily middle-mile)
  • $251 million to 44 sustainable broadband adoption (SBA) programs
  • $201 million to 66 public computing center (PCC) projects

The NTIA also was responsible for awarding $293 million to 56 state broadband initiative (SBI) projects, which were focused on collecting information for the National Broadband Map.

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Broadband Stimulus Program Results
As of June 2015, all but 12 BTOP projects and 4 SBI projects had been closed out.

The NTIA highlights key broadband stimulus program results to date:

  • 114,697 miles of infrastructure have been deployed or upgraded
  • Approximately 25,678 community anchor institutions have been connected to broadband
  • The SBA projects generated a total of 671,585 new subscribers

Additional broadband stimulus projects, focused primarily on last-mile network infrastructure, were administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

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