Commerce Department Grants $22.45 million to Public Broadcasters for Radio, Television, and Nonbroadcast Projects
Department's National Telecommunications and Information
Administration (NTIA), on September 19, 2007, announced the
award of $22.45 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 $15 million of the $22.45 million awarded by PTFP
went to 48 grantees to assist in the digital conversion of
public television facilities.
Radio projects were awarded $4.4 million for 57 grants. Sixteen
of the grants, for $2.2 million, were awarded to construct
new radio stations or extend the service areas of existing
stations. Sixteen other grants awarded a total of $802,604
for digital conversion of public radio stations. Twenty-five
grants were awarded to replace urgently needed equipment
at radio stations. One radio grant, totaling $220,725 was
issued on an emergency basis so a public radio station in
Cedar Falls, Iowa, could replace a tower, an antenna, and
associated equipment destroyed in an ice storm.
Other PTFP grants include $2.2 million for eight television
equipment replacement grants. One of these grants was made
on an emergency basis to restore a microwave path that will
be blocked by a building under construction in Champaign,
Illinois. Four nonbroadcast (distance learning) grants were
made for $274,900, and one grant was awarded to the University
of Hawaii for $499,351 for the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Educational
and Cultural Experiments by Satellite) project.
Included in the above radio and television awards are twenty-four
grants so eighteen public radio stations and six 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 2007 is $22,450,416
for 118 grants. More information and a complete list of the
2007 PTFP grant awards are available on the PTFP web
site at www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/Projects/2007/ptfpfactsheet_2007.htm