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Joint Broadband Technology Opportunities Program Request for Information

Date: 
March 12, 2009
Docket Number: 
090309298-9299-01

American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives

Comments

(Late Submission)
We are hoping to release the Notice of Funds Availability by the end of
this month or early July.


Mary Campanola
Outreach Coordinator
USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
Telecommunications Program
202-720-8822 (voice)
202-720-0810 (fax)
mary.campanola@wdc.usda.gov





________________________________

From: Alfred Barr [mailto:abarr@communik.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:15 AM
To: BTOP@ntia.doc.gov; bbrown@ntia.doc.gov; Campanola, Mary -
Washington, DC
Subject: RE: NTIA & RUS RFP and app submission Date Status
Importance: High



Ms. Brown and Campanola;



During a teleconference today with DMS of Florida, there was mentioned a
release of dates for potential release of information.



In my review of the NTIA web site,
http://www.ntiadoc.gov/broadbandgrants/index.html
, I am not able to
find any updates after May 18, 2009.



Can you provide us with options to review updated information on actual
or prospective dates for release of information and or of projected
application submission or RFP releases.





Thank you



Alfred Barr
Managing General Partner
Global Wireless Communications

Formerly VCS Interactive, LLC
550 N. Reo Street, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33609
813-767-2270 - Cell phone
Web Site - www.communik.net












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(Late Submission)
asdasd

(Late Submission)


Dear Sir or Madam:





Sage Telecom, Inc. "Sage" files in the above-referenced
docket its Comments in the matter of American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 (the "Recovery Act") Broadband Initiatives. Should you have
any questions regarding this filing, please do not hesitate to contact
the undersigned.





Respectfully submitted,





Robert W. McCausland

Vice President and Secretary

Sage Telecom, Inc.

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Suite 100

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(Late Submission)
Dear Members of the Federal Communications Commission,

Please accept the attached testimony submitted on behalf of William E.
Martin, CCTHITA President. Please don't hesitate to call me with
questions or for additional information.

Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the Commission's role in the
broadband provisions of the American Recovery Act.

Sincerely,

Andrei Chakine

Business and Economic Development Department Manager

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

9097 Glacier Hwy

Juneau, Alaska 99801

(907) 463-7121 phone

(907) 463-7356 fax

www.ccthita.org

www.alaskatribalbiz.org





(Late Submission)
file attached

(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments and a summary of the comments of the Triangle J COG Council of Governments Cable Broadband Consortium

(Late Submission)
Please see attached document

(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments of the Nebraska Rural Independent Companies in Docket No. 090309298-9299-01.

(Late Submission)
I am writing to convey the importance of the Connected Tennessee partnership and its Computers 4 Kids program.

Led by Governor Phil Bredesen, Connected Tennessee is a public-private partnership that brings together state and local government, community organizations, business leaders, libraries, schools, healthcare institutions and technology providers in an effort to work in every Tennessee county to ensure better broadband access and computer literacy. To accomplish this, Connected Tennessee uses collaborative broadband mapping, local research, grassroots technology planning in every county and computer connectivity programs.

Through Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 KidsSM (C4K) program, computers are distributed to children in Tennessee who need them most. To date, the C4K program has distributed more than 1,300 computers to children, families and organizations in need across Tennessee, with plans to distribute at least 1,700 more over the coming years.

As you implement the Broadband Data Improvement Act, please make every effort to ensure that Connected Tennessee and its Computers 4 Kids program is eligible for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As we work together toward economic recovery, it is critical for the federal government to offer funding and support to existing public-private partnerships which have proven effective in bridging the digital divide.

Thank you for your consideration.

(Late Submission)
Comments of the City of Manassas, VA

(Late Submission)
Resubmit of comments originally submitted on April 13

(Late Submission)
Comments of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

(Late Submission)
To Whom It May Concern-

Attached please find comments of WorldNet Telecommunications, Inc. in
response to the Joint Request for Information and Notice of Public
Meetings, 74 Fed. Reg. 10716 (Mar. 12, 2009), Docket No.
090309298-9299-01,

Regards,

Doane F. Kiechel
Fleischman and Harding LLP
1255 23rd Street, NW
Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 939-7907
Counsel for Stratophone, LLC



(Late Submission)
Attached are the comments of the Tennessee Broadband Task Force.

(Late Submission)
The CDMA Development Group (CDG) is submitting these comments in response to the Joint Request for Information released on March 10, 2009 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Agricultures’ Rural Utility Service (RUS) concerning the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). See attached.

(Late Submission)




Karl- representing Zing Wireless WISP providing broadband in Detroit,
Michigan



Will this bring different companies an opportunity or is it MAINLY looking
to provide broadband to people without regard to who will provide it, hence
large providers will be the only beneficiaries.?





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Karl Medina
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fx: 313.481.6014
http://getzing.com
http://zingmax.com
Aim: karltech33
Yahoo: karlmedina33
Skype: karlmonet1
http://zing.naviciti.com










(Late Submission)
My comments are included in an attached four-page Microsoft Word document.
Nickolaus E. Leggett, Inventor and Analyst

(Late Submission)
Thank you for allowing me to comment

(Late Submission)
Book Title: Web On-The-Go. Subtitle: A Preview of The Way of Living in the Wireless Web World.

(Late Submission)
It is great news that the broadband expansion component of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes significant funding to facilitate access to broadband services by vulnerable populations. With more than half of the nation’s low-income households still lacking broadband, this is a crucial step toward ensuring that all Americans have full access to today’s educational, employment, civic and other life opportunities.

In order to make a real difference for families, however, this funding must be properly deployed. A comprehensive package of technology services is essential, and is best delivered through established community-based organizations to which economically disadvantaged populations are already connected. Broadband service is a powerful incentive for the achievement of these organizations’ benchmarks.

"Thanks to all the trainers that have opened the door to a wonderful digital life," wrote Sharon Duckett, a Philadelphia resident who received such a package. On Philadelphia Family TIES, an online support network for individuals with disabled family members, Duckett added, "Now I have the power to expand my knowledge with endless possibilities! I will advocate for my family and network with others."

Wireless Philadelphia has pioneered an approach to providing economically disadvantaged families and communities with the technology and support necessary for full civic participation and full access to employment, education, health and other life opportunities. Experience here over the past two years has taught several important lessons when it comes to enabling families to permanently cross the digital divide:

First, demand for broadband access among economically disadvantaged families is high, but so are the financial, technical and educational barriers to access. Therefore, families need a great deal of support to secure the full set of products and services required to realize the benefits of broadband at home. These products and services are best delivered as a comprehensive package.

The package must include a computer that is set up and ready to go and broadband service that is prescreened and does not require long-term contracts or complicated installation. Also required are introductory content and hands-on training that is literacy-level appropriate and targeted to the needs and interests of the families to be served, with plenty of local, live technical support.

Second, this package is most efficiently delivered through the network of schools and other trusted community-based organizations (CBOs) to which families are already connected, instead of the traditional retail channels. By offering the package as an incentive, these organizations are better able to attract and retain clients and achieve their program goals. A costly qualification process is also eliminated.

Third, digital inclusion program participants should be given the opportunity to earn the package via “sweat equity.”

The sweat equity approach eliminates the financial, technical and educational barriers to access, provides an incentive for families to complete training and/or education programs, and at the same time supports the attainment of program outcomes that are key to funding for ongoing service delivery.

This is the innovative model that is giving Sharon Duckett and other economically disadvantaged parents of disabled children broadband access and training so they can secure special education services and supports. It is the approach through which low-income pregnant moms have earned full broadband access packages by completing the prenatal regimen and pre-employment training. Vulnerable high-school seniors have earned access and training oriented to online college admission and financial aid by achieving certain grade averages.

And new micro-enterprises who have completed a rigorous business training regimen have established an online presence and begun to generate revenue on-line, closing an additional digital divide that exists for businesses in economically disadvantaged communities.

Furthermore, members of these groups continue to interact after completing programs via social networks – like Philadelphia Family TIES – that were created to facilitate online and in-person community building. These are just a few examples — this approach can be applied to almost any group and can help almost any organization.

An independent evaluation completed last September by the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning cited WP as a model for expansion and replication. The evaluation revealed positive impacts on family employment and education, with a high degree of trickle-up and –down learning among children and other adult learners in recipients’ households and communities. (The Executive Summary and full evaluation are attached to this filing.)

It is entirely right that the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program supports not only network expansion, but also broadband adoption by low-income families. The reality though, is that for families who lack access, no single element alone is enough to enable them to permanently cross the digital divide. To be effective, real digital inclusion programs must be comprehensive, conscious of the barriers, and community-based.

(Late Submission)
Attached are comments from the Fiber-to-the-Home Council on the Rural
Utilities Service broadband stimulus program. We ask that these be made
part of the official record for Docket No. 090309298-9299-01. These are
filed in PDF format. Please let me know if you wish to have them filed
in another format, e.g. Word.

Thomas Cohen

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

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Washington, DC 20007

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(Late Submission)
Attached please find Comments on Joint Request for Information in Docket
No. 090309298-9299-01, submitted on behalf of the organizations listed
therein pursuant to the notice published in the Federal Register on
March 12, 2009. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding
these Comments.

Margaret L. Tobey
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
NBC Universal, Inc.
1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-637-4262 (O)
202-262-8480 (M)
202-637-4538 (F)
e-mail: margaret.tobey@nbcuni.com






(Late Submission)
Greetings

I would like to join the list...

Best Regards

Tolly

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CEO World Wide
tmarcus@getzing.com
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fx: 313.481.6014
http://getzing.com
http://zingmax.com
Aim: ZingMAX
Yahoo: tollytech
Skype: ZingMAX1
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(Late Submission)
My response is in the from of an attachment.
please vier the attachment

(Late Submission)
I am one of a growing number of individuals who has developed an environmental illness in recent decades called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. EHS is essentially a DEBILITATING allergy to ALL man-generated sources of electromagnetic and microwave radiation, and mine really took off when the number of cell phone towers and antennas began to increase exponentially in the 90's. Broadband internet is yet another source of radiation in an environment that is already PAST its saturation point. I am begging you to STOP this INSANE proliferation of ALL sources of man-generated electromagnetic and/or microwave radiation, and this would include broadband internet! The disappearing honeybees, dying bats, and dying amphibians are already sounding an alarm! The question is - will it be too late when we finally hear the alarm? Please review the Bioinitiative Report and other links below, as well as the attached Becker Excerpts x 3. We are playing with fire.

Bioinitiative Report:
http://www.bioinitiative.org/report/index.htm

Becker Interview:
http://www.energyfields.org/science/becker.html

Electro Hypersensitivity - Talking to Your Doctor:
http://weepinitiative.org/talkingtoyourdoctor.pdf

German Doctors Unite on RF Health Effects:
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20050722_bamberg.asp

Mobile Phone Emissions Increase Worm Fertility:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1889-mobile-phone-emissions-increase-worm-fertility.html

(Late Submission)
Good Afternoon,

Please accept the attached public comment submitted by the National
Association of Regional Councils (NARC) in response to docket
090309298-9299-01. Feel free to contact me with any questions or if the
document does not come through properly.



Thank you,



Shannon A. Menard

Policy Manager

National Association of Regional Councils

1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW - Suite 300

Washington, DC 20009

tel 202.986.1032 x217, fax 202.986.1038

shannon@narc.org



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(Late Submission)
April 13, 2009

Ms. Anna Gomez
Deputy Assistant Secretary
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Deputy Assistant Secretary Gomez:

On behalf of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), I am pleased to comment on NTIA’s plans to distribute funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create broadband networks in unserved and underserved areas. We urge the NTIA to employ the most efficient processes to deliver service to the areas of highest need with the help of state and local leaders.

For nearly ninety years, AFB has worked tirelessly to expand possibilities for individuals experiencing vision loss of all ages. In doing so, AFB has pioneered the development and implementation of accessible technology and sound public policy meeting the unique needs of people who are blind or visually impaired. Our leadership was instrumental in the enactment of section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a landmark legislative promise that telecommunications technologies and services be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. That promise can only be fulfilled adequately through the widespread availability, affordability and accessibility of broadband services and technologies.

Fair and affordable access to information of all kinds through broadband is essential to the safety, productivity, empowerment and independence of all Americans. Significantly improved and wisely implemented broadband deployment will enable people with disabilities, particularly those with vision loss, to gain access to life-saving health, employment and educational programs and services and enable them to be better informed to timely respond to emergencies and other hazardous circumstances.

To make this possibility a more realizable reality, broadband mapping will also play a large role by allowing our states to identify the areas that need broadband first. Accountability and efficiency go hand-in-hand, and the sooner the NTIA can disperse funds to the states, the sooner broadband will begin to more effectively play a part in changing the lives of all people with disabilities. Mapping stimulus funds should be done on a priority basis and achieved through close consultation with state and local governments to exercise the most relevant judgment for best stimulating their regional economies. Many of these local governments have experience working with public-private partnerships that will aid in network construction and management.

The NTIA must also include strong provisions of transparency and accountability throughout the entire process. Specifically, state proposals to the NTIA should provide in-depth information regarding how applicants will ensure their funds and deployment reach prioritized areas that do not have access to broadband. Additionally, while NTIA must not set up unnecessary regulatory hurtles that inhibit growth and investment and subsequently dissuade potential participants from deploying broadband, we believe strongly that stimulus funds should not be used to invest in services and technologies that are not accessible to and usable by people with disabilities. America's broadband infrastructure should be built in light of current policy expectations, not the least of which is the section 255 mandate for telecommunications accessibility. To that end, the NTIA should focus its attention on those potential broadband customers both with and without disabilities who are truly unserved, namely those living where no affordable and accessible broadband services currently exist. Until mapping is completed and more detailed plans are developed, the states should be relied upon to allow proper identification of unserved areas in the near term and make sure that qualified providers with sustainable business plans are meeting expectations. Once this clear priority has been met, attention should then be turned toward the task of targeting remaining funds to underserved areas where broadband is not as widely available, affordable and accessible as it could be.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to offer comment on this important and transformative initiative.

Sincerely,

Paul W. Schroeder
Vice President, Programs and Policy
American Foundation for the Blind

(Late Submission)
See attached file.

(Late Submission)





Broadband Technology Opportunities Program


U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4812


1401 Constitution Avenue
, NW.


Washington, DC20230


 


Please find attached two documents the carry the BTOP RFI response for SDF Consortium, LLC.  The document in PDF format is signed for authenticity. The document in Word format is provided for use per the BTOP RFI announcement. In our response, we provide a cover document explaining who we are, with RFI response information as an enclosure.


 


Our response follows the format of the Original BTOP questions with our responses as answers to the appropriate questions.


 


If you desire additional information or desire submission of these documents in another format, please let us know.


 


Thank you for allowing us to participate in this program!


 


Respectfully,


 


Pete Fiorey


Member - SDF Consortium LLC


800-392-3064 (O)


253-219-4611 (mobile)


 


Danny Stroud


Member - SDF Consortium LLC


303-973-9375 (O/Mobile)


stroud@verazventures.com


 









(Late Submission)
I am the president of the Cellular Phone Task Force, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to work with scientists, doctors and citizens worldwide to confront a new and frightening danger to public health. That danger was universal microwave radiation from digital cell phones and cell towers.

Today the danger from universal wireless broadband looms even larger. Money to provide broadband to presently unserved populations must be spent on fiber optics and communication cables, and NOT on wireless technologies.

Where a single source of radiation once sufficed to serve thousands of cell phone users who used their phones intermittently, today wireless broadband requires a dense concentration of antennas, wireless access points and wireless computers that broadcast 24/7. The greater the population density, the greater the concentration of antennas, access points and computers.

The public and, unfortunately, the regulators, for the most part, do not understand the physics. They don't understand the critical importance of distance: a WiFi antenna exposes you to much more radiation than a cell tower. A WiFi antenna transmitting only 1 watt exposes you to 100 times more radiation than a cell tower transmitting 1000 watts, if the WiFi antenna is 10 yards away and the cell tower is two miles away. A WiFi antenna is almost always much more dangerous than a cell tower, because cell towers are further away and WiFi antennas and access points are right on top of you.

People don't understand the importance of bandwidth. For the same amount of power, the more frequencies your body is hit with, the more harmful. Broadband radiation is more harmful than narrowband radiation. Data transmission is more harmful than voice transmission.

People don't understand that exposure to this radiation is involuntary. If you're allergic to cigarette smoke, you can shut your doors. The smoke doesn't come in. But microwave radiation does. If you lay a cloud of WiFi/WiMax over the whole country, you trap within it 300,000,000 people regardless of whether they are children, pregnant, old, sick, or sensitive. If this type of radiation already causes certain people pain and they have learned how to keep their distance, you condemn them to torture for the rest of their life.

People are dying. My phone does not stop ringing with the cries of individuals whose neighbors have installed WiFi, or whose cities have installed citywide WiFi. I get to listen to them tell me how suddenly they can't sleep, their ears ring, their joints hurt, their heart pounds, and their blood pressure is through the roof. They can't think and their memory is gone. They suffer from nosebleeds. Their children are acting out. Where can they go, they ask me. I get to listen to the same story I have heard so many thousands of times before. And I no longer have an answer, because wireless Internet is coming to my neighborhood as well, and yours, unless people wake up.

Attached are three documents:

(1) A press release that has been sent out by a group whose members represent many communities across this nation;

(2) A letter to President Obama on this subject, with links to scientific databases, websites, and other informative documents. This letter is being circulated nationally as a petition.

(3) A partial list of governments and organizations worldwide that ban or warn against wireless technology.

(Late Submission)
asdasdasd

(Late Submission)
Please see attached document entitled: SOHCN Comments to NTIA 13 April 2009

(Late Submission)
Will the process for these grants be significantly streamlined as
opposed to the torturous USDA/RUS process as it currently exists?





James L. Baker, Chief

Information Technologies Group

SEDA - Council of Governments

201 Furnace Road

Lewisburg, PA 17837

voice: (570)524-4491 fax: (570)524-9190

www.seda-cog.org



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will be to attract talent."
- Janet Miller, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce






(Late Submission)
We have attached a letter expressing our comments.

(Late Submission)
The members of the Satellite Industry Association respectfully submit our joint comments in the attached. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the contact information below, if necessary.

With Regards,
Patricia Cooper
Patricia Cooper
President, Satellite Industry Association
1730 M Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-349-3651
Cell: 202-390-8749
pcooper@sia.org
www.sia.org
________________________________

(Late Submission)
Barbara: sorry, but replace previous submittals with this. I wasn't happy with one policy point.

thanks.

Eric Jensen
Policy Counsel
National Tribal Telecommunications Association
519 Tennessee Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 683-3742
pcs: (703) 868-8325


(Late Submission)




To Whom it may concern,

In reference to the telecommunications portion of the Presidents Stimulus
package, I wholeheartedly support a strong, credible application of the
Bill's "Buy American" provision to the broadband program. Lets insure, as
the bill was originally intended, that American jobs are created and
sustained in order to "stimulate" OUR economy. Therefore, I urge you to
award any monies to American companies whose engineering and manufacturing
operations lie here in the USA. Thank you for your consideration. I will be
very interested in your response.

Kathleen M. Nichols

New Prague, MN 56071

952.223.4653

motherunit56@comcast.net






(Late Submission)
SeniorNet comments
RE: Docket number 090309298-9299-01
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

(Late Submission)
I would like to submit this *revised* white paper, formally endorsed by organizations that represent all 50 states, over 2200 colleges and universities, 30 state and regional networks, 44 corporations, and international reach to networks in 90 countries. America's state and regional networks reach over 60,000 institutions including K-12 schools, community colleges, colleges and universities, libraries, hospitals, clinics, medical research centers, agricultural extension sites, museums, and community and performing arts centers.


(Late Submission)
Attached, in both Word (.doc) and Adobe (.pdf) formats, are the comments of SkyTerra Communications, Inc. in response to the joint NTIA and RUS request for information.

(Late Submission)
Please find attached a Word and PDF version of EchoStar Corporation's
comments in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband
Initiatives, Joint Request for Information, Docket No.
090309298-9299-01.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the
attachments.

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Steptoe & Johnson LLP
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(Late Submission)
Make grants available to RUS borrowers using RUS funds because in many cases, loans cannot be re-paid in very lean markets. RUS borrowers are in the best position to receive grants because they have a stake financially.

Extend Community Connect grants to multiple town or county-wide applicants to leverage deployment and network management/ops across more population. See attached. Thank you very much, Liz Zucco, President, MarketSYS USA, Inc.

(Late Submission)
I am submitting an attachment below.

(Late Submission)
Please see attached PDF file containing the Comments of NextG Networks, Inc.

(Late Submission)
Checking the Status of Your Current Local Community EBS (2.5GHz) Spectrum License

Licensees of this spectrum are non-profits in your Community, City, or County. These non-profits include state government agencies, state universities and university systems, public community and technical colleges, private universities and colleges, public elementary and secondary school districts, private schools (including Catholic school systems in a number of large metropolitan areas), public television and radio stations, hospitals and hospital associations, and private, non-profit educational entities.

http://www.accessdelray.org/Check+Status+of+2.5+GHz+EBS.html

Brad Bowman
bbowman@accessdelray.org

(Late Submission)
Referenced Comments are attached in .pdf format.

(Late Submission)
ZeroDivide is a 501(c)(3) public foundation that has invested more than $45 million over the past 10 years in innovative programs that encourage sustainable adoption of broadband services in unserved and underserved communities. ZeroDivide provides financial support, capacity building and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations that benefit low-income, minority, immigrant, non-English speaking, LGBT, aged and disability communities.

The following comments are in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives, Joint request for information and notice of public meetings (Docket No. 090309298-9299-01):

• NTIA should award grants to intermediaries with experience in identifying, funding and supporting innovative technology programs that increase sustainable adoption of broadband service in unserved and underserved areas.
• For-profit entities should be incentivized to partner with non-profit entities that are also applying for BTOP funding.
• Proposals which leverage other Recovery Act projects should be encouraged, but such leverage should not be a requirement to receive funding.
• Applicants should be encouraged, but not required, to address more than one purpose of the BTOP grant program.
• States should not have an advisory role in the allocation of grant funds if they themselves are applicants.
• Funding should be diversified across multiple organizations within a state and not sole-sourced to one entity within a state.
• Organizations that can immediately provide 20% matching cash toward a project should be given greater weighting than those organizations with a contingency to raise matching funds from external sources.
• The broadband mapping effort should include the mapping and tracking of broadband adoption, in addition to broadband availability.

NTIA should consider the following factors in establishing selection criteria for grant awards to stimulate the demand for broadband:
1. A proven track record (5 or more years) in stimulating demand for broadband availability, adoption, and accessibility in unserved and underserved communities.
2. Strong indigenous support within/by members of the targeted communities in specific geographic areas, evidenced by needs/demand assessment or survey data.
3. Proven cost-effective approaches, which leverage both public and private sector resources.
4. All Computer Centers and NTIA-funded programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
5. Experience in creating a reasonable level of sustainable economic impact/revenue generation (i.e. social enterprise), which will support sustained broadband usage and ongoing adoption within economically challenged communities.
6. Demonstration/proposal of replicable models of change which can be propagated across multiple geographic/cultural/ethnic/socio-economic vulnerable communities.
7. Potential for projects to scale. NTIA should direct funding toward projects that can be scaled or replicated immediately as well as toward targeted, innovative models that can be scaled in the future.
8. Development of relevant, culturally and linguistically competent content for underserved consumers and broadband applications by community-oriented entrepreneurs.

These recommendations are based upon our lessons learned over the past decade and focus largely on the purposes of the Act to support broadband adoption, demand, training, education and job creation in unserved and underserved communities.

ZeroDivide looks forward to being an applicant for funding under the BTOP program. Through our experience, we have learned that information and communications technology is a powerful tool to increase economic opportunities, create jobs, improve educational achievement, enhance health and well-being, and increase civic engagement in communities.

Attached is a more detailed description of BTOP comments to NTIA.

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Regards,
Karen Kerrigan

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
2944 Hunter Mill Road
Suite 204
Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-5840

www.sbecouncil.org

Protecting small business, promoting entrepreneurship




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