The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), on September 27, 2010, announced the award of $20,450,000 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 half the funds ($10 million of the $20.45 million) awarded by NTIA went to 72 grantees to replace urgently needed equipment at public radio and television stations.
Twenty-five percent of the funds ($5.1 million) were awarded to extend new public radio and television service. These 31 projects will provide first public radio service to over 500,000 people and provide additional service to almost 1.7 million people. Ten of the projects will provide new service to Native American communities. Nine of the projects are for new radio stations serving Native American communities in Arizona, California, Idaho, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Dakota. The television project will serve the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma.
Other awards include $4.1 million that will assist in the digital conversion of 16 public television and three public radio stations. Other grants include a distance learning grant to the Granite State Distance Learning Network of the University of New Hampshire. One Radio Reading Service project was funded. This award to Taping for the Blind, Inc., Houston, TX, will acquire digital receivers so the visually-impaired can listen to the radio reading service transmitted on a digital sub-channel of KUHT-DT. A planning grant was made to National Public Radio to determine the feasibility of public radio and public television to utilize new digital capacity for new opportunities to improve digital public services. Included in the 126 awards is one grant awarded to the University of Hawaii for $499,916 for the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Educational and Cultural Experiments by Satellite) Program.
The total amount awarded by NTIA in FY 2010 is $20,450,000 for 126 grants. More information and a complete list of the FY 2010 grant awards are available on the PTFP web site at www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/ptfp/Projects/2010/ptfpfactsheet_2010.htm.