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The BTOP Experience

  1. 1. < The BTOP Experience: Bringing Broadband to Underserved Populations ><br />< 11NTCBTOP ><br />Richard Abisla<br />
  2. 2. Session Evaluation<br />Each entry via text or web is a chance to win great NTEN prizes throughout the day! <br />TEXT<br />Text < 11NTCBTOP > to 69866.<br />ONLINE<br />Use < 11NTCBTOP > at <br />http://nten.org/ntc/eval<br />Session Evaluations <br />Powered By:<br />
  3. 3. Latino Microenterprise Tech Net: Digital Technical Assistance for Microentrepreneurs<br />
  4. 4. Digital Exclusion in the Latino Community <br />Just 33% of Spanish-speaking Latinos use the Internet, compared to 71% of non-Latino whites and 60% of African-Americans<br />Latinos have second highest unemployment rate (12.5%) after African-Americans (14.6%) versus national average of 9.4%<br />Most online content is in English, <br /> not Spanish<br />
  5. 5. Training Delivery Innovation<br />306 fully bilingual workstations and curriculum<br />Targeted technology curriculum for microentrepreneurs<br />Central server allows for centralized maintenance and tech support from Plaza Adelante<br />Mobile and hybrid labs offer flexibility<br />
  6. 6. Benefit to sub-recipient organizations<br />Between 10-75 Dell desktop or laptop computers<br />Color and B&W Printers, Scanners, Projectors<br />T1 internet connection for at least 36 months<br />MPLS Cloud services linking sites, central data center together<br />Microsoft Office 2010<br />Windows 7 Operating Systems<br />Symantec Antivirus<br />Centralized maintenance and 24/7 Tech Support<br />
  7. 7. Benefit to sub-recipient organizations:Reimbursement Budget<br />Funding for:<br />Furniture (desks, chairs, ADA approved workstations)<br />Materials/Supplies (paper, toner, etc.)<br />Upgrades to physical space (ADA accessibility, converting space to a computer center)<br />Travel (to Train the Trainer events)<br />Surge protectors, cables, etc<br />
  8. 8. Benefit to sub-recipient organizations:Curriculum<br />Bilingual training curriculum<br />“Core curriculum”<br />Basic Digital Literacy<br />Windows 7<br />Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher)<br />“Electives” targeting microentrepreneurs<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Quickbooks Online<br />Constant Contact<br />Wix Website Design<br />
  9. 9. “Mobile Labs”<br />Allows practitioners to have small group classes in a workplace, satellite office, partner organization. Particularly useful in rural areas; trainer can do the distance travel.<br />These laptops are equipped with satellite internet and connect to MPLS through SSL connections<br />Allows business consultants to bring laptop to individual consultations and meetings to enhance technology exposure and learning.<br />
  10. 10. Latino Microenterprise Tech Net:By the numbers<br />Initial Project Structure:<br />17 18 public computer centers<br />12 partner organizations <br />10 states in every time zone<br />Potential Growth<br />5 new potential partners, serving similar audiences with similar goals<br />Leveraging federal investment, matching funds, and new funding streams<br />
  11. 11. Minneapolis, MN<br />Latino Economic Development Center:<br />17 computers<br />Blackfoot, ID<br />Latino Economic and Development Center:<br />12 computer mobile lab<br />Philadelphia, PA<br />Norris Square Civic Association<br />30 computers<br />Wheaton, MD<br />Latino Economic Development Corporation<br />10 computers; hybrid mobile and standard lab<br />Kansas City, MO<br />Hispanic Economic Development Corp:<br />12 computers<br />Del Norte, CO<br />Colorado Rural Housing Development Corp:<br />10 computers<br />San Francisco, CA<br />MEDA; Caminos <br />40 computers<br />Phoenix, AZ<br />Chicanos Por La Causa:<br />75 computers: 3 sites<br />Anthony, NM<br />Tierra del Sol Housing Corp.:<br />10 computers<br />San Antonio, TX<br />Avenida Guadalupe Association:<br />45 computers:<br /> 3 sites;<br />NALCAB headquarters<br />Los Angeles, CA<br />New Economics for Women<br />40 computers: 2 sites, potential for mobility<br />Laredo, TX<br />Azteca Economic Development & Preservation Corporation:<br />15 computers<br />
  12. 12. Project Partners<br />Lead Agency/Project Manager: <br />Mission Economic Development Agency San Francisco, CA<br />Technical Manager: Caminos Pathways Learning Center San Francisco, CA<br />Avenida Guadalupe Association San Antonio, TX<br />Azteca Economic Development & Preservation Corporation Laredo, TX<br />Chicanos Por La Causa Phoenix, AZ<br />Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation Del Norte, CO<br />Hispanic Economic Development Corporation Kansas City, MO<br />Latino Economic Development Center Wheaton, MD<br />Latino Economic and Development Center Blackfoot, ID<br />New Economics for Women Los Angeles, CA<br />Norris Square Civic Association Philadelphia, PA<br />Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation Anthony, NM<br />Consortium Coordinator: <br />National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders San Antonio, TX<br />
  13. 13. Target Population<br />Existing or potential Latino micro-entrepreneurs<br />Microenterprise: >$35,000 investment, 5 employees or fewer<br />Offered as Technical Assistance to participants in Business Development Programs<br />Partner organizations have Business Development Programs; LMTN complements these, offers a new facet to services partner groups can provide.<br /> Everyone is welcome! <br />Both Spanish and English speaking small business owners are targeted<br />
  14. 14. Latino Microenterprise Tech Net<br />Budget<br />Federal Investment: $3,724,128 over 3 years<br />Matching Investment: $2,483,855 over 3 years<br />Total Investment: $6,207,983 over 3 years<br />
  15. 15. Federal Targets/Goals for 3 year period<br />Create & retain 2,100 jobs in Latino communities<br />Train 15,000 people<br />Provide computer access to 45,000 individuals<br />Each sub-recipient has variable, self-reported job targets ranging from 14 jobs created/retained per year to 196 jobs created/retained per year<br />Every workstations will train 30 people over 3 year period<br />Every workstation will provide broadband access to 148 people over 3 year period<br />
  16. 16. Our experience so far….<br />Delayed construction/permitting/inspections causing other delays<br />Difficulty in developing curriculum in one language and translating; have to have final copies before translation!<br />Staff at NTIA and NIST have been helpful, available as resources<br />Interested in sharing best practices in PCCs, particularly those with several sites<br />Thank you! <br />

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