Commerce Department Grants $19.95 million to
Public Broadcasters for Radio, Television, and Nonbroadcast Projects


The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on September 30, 2009, announced the award of $19,947,448 in funding from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) account to assist public radio, public television and nonbroadcast (distance learning) projects across the country.

Almost $11.5 million of the $19.95 million awarded by NTIA went to 39 grantees to assist in the digital conversion of public television facilities.

Thirty-five grants, totaling almost $4.9 million, were awarded to extend new public radio service. These projects will provide first public radio service to over 400,000 people and provide additional service to almost 2 million people.

Other awards include 34 projects for almost $2.8 million that will replace urgently needed equipment at public radio and television stations. Other grants include an award for digital conversion of repeater stations operated by Spokane Public Radio and a distance learing grant to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC. One grant was made to National Public Radio for a planning project to determine the feasibility of digital conversion of radio reading services from the sideband channels of analog FM radio (Subsidiary Communications Authorization service), using consumer HD radio receivers. Included in the 112 awards is one grant awarded to the University of Hawaii for $499,641 for the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Educational and Cultural Experiments by Satellite) Program.

The total amount awarded by NTIA in FY 2009 is $19,947,448 for 112 grants. More information and a complete list of the FY 2009 grant awards are available on the PTFP web site at