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Information on status and plan for Montana libraries BTOP information

Information on status and plan for Montana libraries BTOP information

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  • 1. Montana Libraries and BTOP Suzanne Reymer Montana State Library January 2010
  • 2. What is BTOP?
    • Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
    • Administered by Dept. of Commerce NTIA (National Telecommunications & Information Administration
    • Part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • 3. BTOP Funding
    • $4.7 billion
      • Public Computing Centers (PCC) – at least $200 million
      • Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA) – at least $250 million
      • Broadband Mapping and National Plan – up to $350 million
      • Infrastructure – no set amount, presumably majority of funding
  • 4. Round One
    • NOFA issued on July 1, 2009
    • Applications due August 14, 2009
    • Up to $1.6 billion available
      • Infrastructure – up to $1.2 billion
      • PCC – up to $50 million
      • SBA – up to $150 million
      • Reserve - $200 million
  • 5. Round One Requests
    • Total - 2,200 applications requesting $27.6 billion
    • Infrastructure – 1490 apps requesting $23.2 billion
    • SBA – 320+ apps requesting nearly $2.5 billion
    • PCC – 360+ apps requesting more than $1.9 billion
  • 6. Round Two
    • Second and final round
    • NOFA issued on January 15, 2010
    • Applications accepted from February 16, 2010 – March 15, 2010
    • All awards announced by September 30, 2010
  • 7. Round Two Funding
    • $2.6 billion total available
    • Infrastructure - $2.35 billion
    • PCC – at least $150 million
    • SBA – at least $100 million
  • 8. MSL BTOP
    • Billings workshop – July 17, 2009
    • ALA OITP webinars
    • Survey
    • Gates Foundation – Opportunity Online Broadband Program
      • Gates Foundation partners
      • CSMG consultants
      • Matching funds
  • 9. PCC Only Application
    • Able to focus more on application within highly competitive category
    • Not dependent on numerous telcos for application and implementation
  • 10. Options for Infrastructure & Training
    • Partner with service provider on Infrastructure grant application
    • Consultants will contact PCC applicant service providers about increased bandwidth needs
    • ALA OITP is considering multi-state BTOP application with training component
  • 11. Computing with a Purpose
    • Education
    • Employment
    • Economic development
    • Enhanced service for:
      • Health care delivery
      • Children
      • Vulnerable populations
  • 12. Potential Partners
    • Job services
    • Educational institutions
    • Medical libraries
    • Small business development
    • Family services
    • Senior centers
    • Other local partners?
  • 13. Technology to Deliver Services
    • Enhanced learning centers
    • Possibly determined by designated purpose
    • What do we need to assist with job search skills, education, etc.?
  • 14. Immediate Information Requirements
    • Agreement to participate by 1/28/10
    • Include branches?
    • Potential partners
    • Current needs in your community – what are people using your PCs for? What are they asking for assistance with?
    • Vulnerable populations served
    • Future needs?
  • 15. Application – DATA DATA DATA
    • Prompt responses!
    • Current hours/proposed hours
    • Current broadband workstations/proposed broadband workstations
    • Current broadband connection speed/proposed broadband connection speed
  • 16. More Application Data
    • Service area data
    • Number persons served currently and under proposed target
    • Population demographics
    • Outreach strategies
    • Training and education programs
    • Technology strategy
    • Organizational readiness
  • 17. PCC Awardees Reporting Requirements
    • Number of work stations available to the public
    • Total hours per week pcc is open
    • Speed of broadband connection
    • Primary uses of pcc
    • Average number users/day
    • Total hours/week training
    • Number & cost of broadband equipment deployed
  • 18. Challenges to Participation
    • Insufficient bandwidth
    • Uncooperative service providers
    • Inability to sustain increased bandwidth
    • Lack of timely data
  • 19. Benefits
    • Improved service to community
    • Role for library in economic development
    • New and improved partnerships
  • 20. Timeline
    • Agreement to participate
    • Information on current bandwidth and usage
    • Consultants will contact your service providers RE: bandwidth needs
    • Develop partnerships
    • Plan PCC equipment and structure
    • Application
  • 21. Questions?
  • 22. Resources
    • ALA http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/knowstimulus/index.cfm
    • Broadband USA http://broadbandusa.gov/