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2010 Press Releases

Press Release: U.S. Department of Commerce Takes Major Step Towards Unleashing the Wireless Broadband Revolution: NTIA announced it is recommending that 115 MHz of spectrum be reallocated for wireless broadband service within the next five years -- an important step towards achieving President Obama’s goal to nearly double the amount of commercial spectrum available over the next decade.
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Posted November 15, 2010

Press Release: Exploring the Digital Nation: Home Broadband Internet Adoption in the United States: A Report Prepared by the Economics and Statistics Administration and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Posted November 8, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Convenes Stakeholders to Discuss IPv6 Deployment: NTIA hosted a workshop on the importance of the adoption and deployment of Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) addresses for industry, the U.S. Government, and the Internet economy.
Posted September 29, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments To Expand Broadband Internet Access And Spur Economic Growth : U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 14 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, create jobs, and improve education and public safety in communities across the country. The investments, totaling $206.8 million in grants, are the final awards in a program to increase broadband Internet access and adoption, enhancing the quality of life for Americans and laying the groundwork for sustainable economic growth.
Posted September 27, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces Final Recovery Act Investments forr State-Driven Broadband Activities: NTIA announced 56 investments totaling $190 million to support state efforts to compete in the digital economy. These are the final awards in the State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD) grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Posted September 27, 2010

Press Release: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investment to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth in Maryland: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $115.2 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education, public safety, and healthcare delivery in Maryland.
Posted September 17, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Department's NTIA Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access in North Carolina and Washington; Projects will increase access to justice : The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments, totaling $6.1 million in grants, to help bridge the technological divide, improve education, and increase access to legal services in North Carolina and Washington. (34 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted September 16, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Gary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 35 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the country. The investments, totaling $482.4 million in grants, will fund projects that pave the way to bring enhanced high-speed Internet access to millions of households and businesses and link thousands of schools, hospitals, libraries, and public safety offices to the information superhighway.
Posted September 13, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access in Hawaii: The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments totaling $35.9 million to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education in Hawaii. (107 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted September 10, 2010

Press Release: ITS Launches Its First Telecommunications Science Video Series for the Public: The Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), a division of NTIA, released a collection of online training and educational videos for public viewing. These videos cover telecommunications topics ranging from an easily understandable review of the fundamentals of radio spectrum — such as defining decibels using common logarithms — to in-depth explanations of complex engineering issues like resolving signal-interference problems. 
Posted August 25, 2010

Press Release: Vice President Biden Announces Recovery Act Investments in Broadband Projects to Bring Jobs, Economic Opportunity to Communities Nationwide: Vice President Biden today announced 94 Recovery Act investments in broadband projects that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities within 37 states.  These investments in high-speed Internet infrastructure will help bridge the technological divide in communities that are being left in the 20th century economy and support improvements in education, healthcare, and public safety.  Today’s announcement, an investment totaling $1.8 billion, is part of a nearly $7 billion Recovery Act initiative. 
Posted August 18, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces Recovery Act Investment to Expand Broadband Internet Access in New Mexico: The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced a $10.6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in New Mexico. (58 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted August 16, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces Recovery Act Investment to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Economic Opportunities in Illinois: NTIA announced a nearly $9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to expand and upgrade public computer centers in locations throughout Chicago and provide technology and job assistance training to residents, with a focus on at-risk youth, senior citizens, people with disabilities, and the unemployed. (90 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted July 30, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces Recovery Act Investment to Improve Broadband Adoption by People with Disabilities: NTIA announced a nearly $15 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, and improve communications for people with disabilities nationwide. The grant to Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) intends to expand broadband adoption among people who are deaf and hard of hearing and provide them with tools to more fully participate in the digital economy. (25 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted July 19, 2010

Department of Commerce Press Release: Commerce Department, ICANN and VeriSign Deploy New Technology to Enhance the Security and Stability of the Internet: NTIA and NIST announced completion of an initiative with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and VeriSign to fully deploy Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) at the Internet’s authoritative root zone, which will help protect Internet users against cache poisoning and other related cyber attacks.
Posted July 16, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced 29 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments totaling more than $404 million for projects that lay the groundwork to bring enhanced high-speed Internet access to millions of households and businesses. Today’s announcement begins the second round of BTOP grant awards, which will continue on a rolling basis. (117 KB PDF Print Version)
Posted July 7, 2010

Press Release: Statement on Spectrum Meeting Between NTIA Administrator Strickling and FCC Chairman Genachowski: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling met on Friday, June 11, 2010 to discuss their agencies’ complementary roles with respect to commercial and Federal spectrum. Federal law directs the agency heads to meet biannually to conduct joint spectrum planning. (113 KB PDF file)
Posted June 14, 2010

Press Release: NTIA To Host International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies : NTIA will host the 11th annual International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART) from July 27-30, 2010 in Boulder, Colo. The focus of this year's conference is spectrum sharing technologies, including state-of-the-art technology developments and a dialogue on the policy implications of spectrum sharing. The conference is presented by the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS), the research and engineering laboratory of NTIA. (PDF Print Version 51KB)
Posted June 1, 2010

Press Release: NTIA to Accept Updated Grant Applications From States for Broadband Improvement and Mapping Activities: NTIA announced that state governments and other existing awardees in its State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program may seek funding for various initiatives to help their communities compete in the digital economy and for up to three additional years of broadband mapping work. NTIA is directly informing eligible entities that they may submit amended and supplemental applications until July 1, 2010 for additional broadband improvement and mapping activities. (PDF Print Version 103KB)
Posted May 28, 2010

Press Release: NTIA to Accept Additional Proposals for Broadband Projects to Improve Public Safety Communications: NTIA announced that it will provide an opportunity for certain state and local governments to apply for broadband stimulus funding to support public safety projects. The potential applicants are the state and local governmental entities that the FCC recently permitted to deploy public safety broadband systems using the 700 MHz public safety broadband spectrum. (PDF Print Version 122KB)
Posted May 13, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Seeks Comment on How to Prevent Contraband Cell Phone Use in Prisons: NTIA is seeking comment on technical approaches to preventing contraband cell phone use in prisons. NTIA will develop, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the National Institute of Justice, a plan to investigate and evaluate how wireless jamming, detection and other technologies might be utilized for law enforcement and corrections applications in Federal and State prison facilities. (PDF Print Version 112KB)
For further information, including two NTIA reports issued today, please go to NTIA's Contraband Cell Phone Use in Prisons page.
Posted May 12, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced nine American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the country. Today’s announcement marks the final grant awards from the first round of BTOP applications. (PDF Print Version 36KB)
Posted April 26, 2010

Press Release: Notice of Inquiry on Information Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: The Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force is conducting a comprehensive review of the nexus between privacy policy and innovation in the Internet economy. The Department seeks public comment from all Internet stakeholders, including the commercial, academic and civil society sectors, on the impact of current privacy laws in the United States and around the world on the pace of innovation in the information economy. The Department also seeks to understand whether current privacy laws serve consumer interests and fundamental democratic values.
Posted April 21, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Recovery Act Investment to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth in Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas: NTIA announced an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment of $28.6 million to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and public safety in portions of Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. (PDF Print Version 121KB)
Posted April 16, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Continued Demand for Funding to Bring Broadband to More Americans: NTIA announced that it received 867 applications for the second round of its Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) aimed at expanding broadband access and adoption to help bridge the technological divide; expand economic opportunities; create jobs; and improve healthcare, education, and public safety. (PDF Print Version 121KB)
Posted April 7, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Recovery Act Investment in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands: NTIA today announced an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in the Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (PDF Print Version 115KB)
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Posted April 1, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 10 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the country. The investments, totaling more than $63 million in grants, will increase broadband access and adoption in more than a dozen states. (PDF Print Version 35KB)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 25, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments in New York and California to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Economic Opportunities: Secretary Gary Locke today announced two American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California. The grants, totaling more than $29 million, will fund computer training and provide more than 30,000 computers to middle school students and their families. (PDF Print Version 31Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 19, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke and Senator Landrieu Announce Recovery Act Investment in Louisiana to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Economic Opportunities: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, joined by Senator Mary Landrieu, announced an $80 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in Louisiana. The Louisiana Broadband Alliance, a collaboration among six state agencies, plans to deploy more than 900 miles of fiber-optic network to expand broadband Internet service in some of the most economically distressed regions of Louisiana. (Acrobat PDF 40Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 5, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Awards Grants for Broadband Mapping and Planning in Virginia and American Samoa: NTIA announced that it has awarded grants to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Virginia and American Samoa under NTIA’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. (PDF Print Version 130Kb)
Posted March 5, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Department Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: Secretary Locke today announced 23 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to increase broadband access and adoption in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. (PDF Print Version 69Kb)
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Posted March 2, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Department Announces Recovery Act Investment in Nevada’s Clark County to Expand Broadband Internet Adoption and Opportunities: Secretary Locke announced a $4.7 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) investment to help bridge the technological divide and increase economic opportunities in Clark County, Nevada. (PDF Print Version 113Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 2, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Department Announces Recovery Act Investment in Washington State to Expand Broadband Internet Adoption and Economic Opportunities: Secretary Locke announced a $84 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare in Washington state. The grant will bring high-speed Internet access to more than 100 community anchor institutions. (PDF Print Version 48Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 1, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Recovery Act Investment in California to Expand Broadband Internet Adoption and Economic Opportunities: NTIA announced a $7.25 million Recovery Act investment to bridge the technological divide and increase economic opportunities in vulnerable and low-income communities in California. (PDF Print Version 99Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted March 1, 2010

Press Release: Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investment in New Mexico and Texas to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth (PDF Print Version 24Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted February 24, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Department's NTIA Awards Grant for Broadband Mapping and Planning in New Jersey: Recovery Act Funding to Lay Groundwork for Enhanced Internet Services (PDF Print Version 24Kb)
Posted February 22, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Recovery Act Investment in Utah to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: NTIA today announced an $13.4 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education across the state of Utah. (PDF Print Version 38Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted February 22, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Announces Recovery Act Investment in Illinois to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: NTIA today announced an $11.9 million Recovery Act investment to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and health care in DeKalb County and portions of LaSalle County, Illinois. (PDF Print Version 136Kb)
- BTOP project information
Posted February 19, 2010

Press Release: Sec. Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Expand Broadband Internet Access and Spur Economic Growth: Secretary Gary Locke today announced 10 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to increase broadband access and adoption in California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. (Acrobat PDF 39KB)
- BTOP project information
Posted February 18, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Announces New Findings on U.S. Broadband Adoption: Report based on survey of over 50,000 households commissioned by NTIA and conducted by the United States Census Bureau, finds that broadband adoption at home continues to rise, but the digital divide persists. (PDF Print Version 39Kb)
- Report (PLEASE NOTE: This document was edited on 02-18-2010 to correct typographical errors in Figures 12, 14, and 16.) (PDF Print Version 1.3 MB)
Posted February 16, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Awards Recovery Act Broadband Expansion Grants Totaling More than $20 Million for Virginia: Two Recovery Act grants will expand broadband Internet infrastructure in southern Virginia.
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Posted February 12, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $5.9 Million Investment to Increase Broadband Access in South Carolina: Recovery Act grant will expand public computer centers and labs in state’s largest higher education system. (PDF Print Version 39Kb)
- Project information
Posted February 5, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Awards $1.2 Million Recovery Act Grant to Expand Broadband Internet Access in Rhode Island: Grant will expand broadband Internet access at Rhode Island’s 71 public libraries across the state. (PDF Print Version 148Kb)
- Project information
Posted February 5, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Awards Recovery Act Broadband Expansion Grants Totaling $63 Million: NTIA announced grants totaling $63 million to expand broadband access and adoption in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NTIA’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. (Print version PDF 115KB)
- BTOP project information
Posted January 20, 2010

Press Release: NTIA and USDA’s RUS Announce Availability of $4.8 Billion in Recovery Act Funding to Bring Broadband to More Americans. (PDF Print Version 108Kb)
Fact Sheet: (Acrobat PDF 122Kb)
Federal Register Notice: Notice of Funds Availability and solicitation of applications for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. (Acrobat PDF 529 Kb)
Broadbandusa.gov information about public workshops on the grant application process. January 15, 2010

Press Release: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $7.5 Million Investment to Increase Broadband Access in Los Angeles: Funding to Upgrade and Expand Computer Centers in Most Vulnerable Communities
- BTOP project information
Posted January 13, 2010

Press Release: NTIA Awards Grants for Broadband Mapping and Planning in 10 States: NTIA today announced that it has awarded grants to fund broadband mapping and planning activities in Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas under NTIA’s State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. The program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will increase broadband access and adoption through better data collection and broadband planning. (Print version Acrobat PDF 90 KB)
Posted January 12, 2010

Press Release: NTIA and RUS Announce Online Tool for Prospective Broadband Stimulus Applicants: NTIA and RUS announced the launch of BroadbandMatch, a new online tool to facilitate partnerships among prospective applicants to the agencies’ broadband grant and loan programs. BroadbandMatch allows potential applicants to find partners for broadband projects, helping them to combine expertise and create stronger proposals. (Print version Acrobat PDF 118 KB)
Posted January 7, 2010


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