Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP)
FY 2005 Grants
The following information relates to the 123 PTFP grants announced on September 26, 2005. (Information about an emergency grant announced September 27, 2005, can be found at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/Projects/2005/PREmerWLPB.htm
During FY 2005, PTFP awarded $21.4 million to 123 projects:
Thirty-three (33) digital television conversion grants awarding $11.7 million.
Five (5) television equipment replacement grants awarding $383,600 to replace urgently needed equipment.
Nine (9) digital radio conversion grants awarding $1 million.
Sixty-four (64) radio service expansion or equipment replacement grants awarding $6.3 million.
Twelve (12) nonbroadcast distance learning grants awarding $2 million.
Included in the above radio and television awards are grants so 22 public radio stations and five public television stations can purchase standby generators to enable the stations to continue public service programming during times of emergency.
Also included in the above totals are two grants awarded on an emergency basis for $647,313 in May 2005.
RADIO AWARDS - (73 awards; $7,393,969)
∙ Eighteen radio projects will extend new public broadcasting service to approximately 400,000 people and provide additional service to almost 700,000 people. Communities that will receive first public radio service include:
∙ Nine (9) projects assist in the digital conversion of public radio stations in nine states. The areas receiving digital radio projects include:
∙ Fifty-six (55) projects will replace urgently needed equipment at public radio stations.
∙ Two (2) of the equipment replacement projects were awarded on an emergency basis in May 2005. Grants were awarded to WUKY(FM), Lexington, KY, and to KANZ-FM, Garden City, KS so the stations could place transmission equipment at new tower sites and maintain public broadcasting service. Both stations had rented tower space from commercial television stations and were forced to relocate because of the digital conversion plans of the television stations.
∙ The largest radio grant, for $451,848, was awarded to Iowa State University, to construct new facilities in Ottumwa, IA to provide the first public radio service in southeast portion of the state.
TELEVISION AWARDS (38 awards; $12,095,085)
∙ Thirty-three (33) digital television conversion grants were awarded for $11,711.485 to recipients in 22 states and two U.S. territories. Some of the areas receiving funding for digital television projects include:
► Major population centers such as Cleveland, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Norfolk, San Francisco, and Tampa.
► State networks of Idaho, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
► Small markets or rural areas such as Mangilao, GU; Chatham, IL; Appleton, MN; Athens, OH; and Missoula, MT.
∙ Five (5) television awards, for a total of $383,600 were made to replace urgently needed equipment.
∙ The year’s largest television grant is $927,937 to the University of Montana for a project to continue the digital conversion of KUFM-DT, Missoula, MT, by purchasing a digital master control and production equipment.
NONBROADCAST (12 awards; $1,956,445)
∙ Distance learning: 11 projects received $1,457,030.
∙ The largest distance learning award is $440,000 to the Milwaukee Area Tech College District Board to establish an interactive distance learning network through the newly designated Educational Broadband Service (EBS) spectrum within the City of Milwaukee and surrounding areas.
∙ The University of Hawaii/PEACESAT received an award of $499,415 to continue distance education, videoconferencing and medical services to 22 Pacific Island nations/entities.