From ALA Dispatch…
Libraries were well represented in the 66 BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program) and BIP (Broadband Initiatives Program) awards that the White House announced today. Several libraries were named as grantees, and a number of the awards include libraries as key components of the projects.
“It is tremendously satisfying to see libraries receive badly needed support for improving their broadband connectivity,” said Dr. Alan Inouye, director of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). “ALA and others invested a lot in advocacy and education for the library community in the past year, and we’re pleased that our efforts helped to lead to a beneficial outcome for the library community.
Download a PDF of the Broadband Award Roster which includes the University System of New Hampshire, see below.
"The University System of New Hampshire will receive $44.5 million and estimates it will directly create almost 700 jobs by making broadband service more readily available to the state’s households and businesses. Almost 1 million people and approximately 12,000 local businesses and 700 community institutions stand to benefit from up to 10 Gbps as well as dark fiber IRUs. Partners seek to use this opportunity to create a "tech corridor" in New Hampshire."