National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America.

Working with States to Solve the Broadband Challenge.

  • Posted on: 15 April 2021

Peace Be Unto You.

NTIA administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America, laying the groundwork for sustainable economic growth; improved education, public safety, and health care; and the advancement of other national priorities.

The agency managed two broadband grant programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) (formerly called the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program). NTIA monitors an investment of approximately $4 billion in projects throughout the United States to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure, enhance and expand public computer centers, encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service, and promote statewide broadband planning and data collection activities. The State Broadband Initiative was also responsible for creation and maintenance of the National Broadband Map.

The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) is a $121.5 million formula-based, matching grant program administered by NTIA. The program is designed to assist regional, state, local, and tribal government entities as they plan for a nationwide public safety broadband network.

The SLIGP 2.0 round of grants provides up to $43.4 million in matching grant funds to provide continued support to States and territories as they further plan for NPSBN deployment and public safety user adoption in the post-State Plan period.

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 directed NTIA to establish a program to review applications for spectrum leasing rights and Radio Access Network construction funds for any state seeking to opt-out of FirstNet’s plan for deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network within its boundaries. NTIA’s grant program is called the State Alternative Plan Program (SAPP). By opting-out, a state is seeking permission to deploy its own RAN, which must connect to and interoperate with the nationwide network.

In addition, NTIA continues to monitor the following:

Previously awarded grants from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP), which was terminated by Congress in fiscal year 2011. This program has helped public broadcasting stations and other organizations construct facilities to bring educational and cultural programs to the American public.
The Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program, helped first responders better communicate during disasters. NTIA, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, awarded nearly $1 billion to fund projects nationwide. Program funding ended September 30, 2012.
The Low Power Television and Translator Upgrade Program (LPTV), which helps operators of analog low-power television stations in eligible rural communities to upgrade their facilities to digital broadcast capacity.
A grant to the Metropolitan Television Alliance to deploy and maintain a temporary digital television broadcast system in the New York metropolitan area.
Grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and NTIA to the states and U.S. territories to improve 911 services.
A grant to the Public Broadcasting System as part of the Warning Alert and Response Network.
Prior initiatives include the Digital TV Converter Box Coupon Program and the Technology Opportunities Program.

Working with States to Solve the Broadband Challenge
February 12, 2020 by Doug Kinkoph, performing the delegated duties of the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information
NTIA’s State Broadband Leaders Network is a powerful forum for connecting local government, industry and stakeholders across the country that are focused on broadband activities. NTIA has spent many years building up these relationships, and recently updated our website with detailed information on state broadband offices and funding opportunities. The SBLN also holds regular meetings for states to improve funding coordination, align policies, and address barriers to collaboration across states and agencies.

Meetings with state broadband leaders helps us gather valuable, on-the-ground data about specific broadband challenges. This work is playing an important role as NTIA continues to build out the National Broadband Availability Map.

We’re pleased to report that five new states have joined the initial eight states participating in our mapping program. The new participating states are Nebraska, New Mexico, Michigan, Missouri and Virginia. The eight initial states are California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

Our platform allows for the visualization of federal, state, and commercially available data sets. This includes Form 477 fixed broadband data from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and we’ll soon add Form 477 mobile broadband data. We’ve also utilized data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Interior as well as state governments; and met with local and tribal governments, owners and operators of broadband networks, educational institutions, nonprofits and cooperatives.

The map is intended for state and federal policymakers, who are critical to the success of the project that Congress asked NTIA to do. We have also acquired data from third parties where available. As we continue to improve the data sets that we are collecting, we’re looking to bring more states into the fold.

Our BroadbandUSA website also functions as a one-stop shop for information on federal broadband permitting. We are encouraging greater collaboration among the agencies that have funding to disperse, and we’re looking for ways to promote more consistency in programs’ performance metrics and definitions.

Given the critical importance of expanding broadband access throughout America, we are eager to keep these conversations going to encourage investment and close the broadband gap. Please send your ideas and questions to

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