Commerce Department Grants $19.7 million to
Public Broadcasters for Radio, Television, and Nonbroadcast Projects


 
  Commerce Department Grants $19.7 million to Public Broadcasters for Radio, Television, and Nonbroadcast Projects The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on September 28, 2006, announced the award of $19.7 million in funding from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) to assist public radio, public television and nonbroadcast (distance learning) projects across the country.

Just over $12.3 million of the $19.7 million awarded by PTFP went to 31 grantees to assist in the digital conversion of public television facilities.

Radio projects were awarded $5 million for 49 grants. Nine of the 49 radio grants awarded a total of $604,237 for digital conversion of public radio stations. One radio grant, totaling $104,553, was issued on an emergency basis so a public radio station in Austin, TX could replace studio equipment destroyed by fire.

Other PTFP grants include $1.1 million for 8 television equipment replacement grants, which included two grants made on an emergency basis. These emergency awards, totaling $429,370, replaced a television transmitter in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and a failed transmission line in South Dakota. Five nonbroadcast (distance learning) grants were made for $740,169, and one grant was awarded to the University of Hawaii for $499,440 for the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Educational and Cultural Experiments by Satellite) project.

Included in the above radio and television awards are grants so eleven public radio stations and sixteen public television stations can purchase standby generators to enable the stations to continue public service programming during times of emergency.

The total amount awarded by PTFP in FY 2006 is $19,713,331 for 95 grants.

More information and a complete list of the FY 2006 PTFP grant awards are available on the PTFP web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/Projects/2006/ptfpfactsheet_2006.htm