In 2009, Congress appropriated $4.7B in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) for NTIA to establish BTOP, one of the largest federal investments to date in the expansion of the Nation’s broadband infrastructure.3 BTOP’s purposes are to increase broadband access and adoption; provide broadband training and support to schools, libraries, healthcare providers, and other organizations; improve broadband access to public safety agencies; and stimulate broadband demand.4 BTOP is helping to close the digital divide across 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. Through more than 200 projects that are building broadband infrastructure, expanding public computer centers, and increasing adoption of broadband services, the program is paving the way for job creation and economic development—putting people to work, spurring private investment, and advancing the U.S. digital economy.*
This Broadband Adoption Toolkit draws on the experiences of the recipients of grants from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). To date, the efforts of BTOP grant recipients have added hundreds of thousands of new broadband subscribers and, in the process, have yielded invaluable lessons on how to serve “hard-to-reach” Americans effectively. They have generated concrete, field-tested ideas for reaching individuals and communities that are not yet computer or broadband users, helping them become “digitally literate” and hopefully long-term subscribers to broadband service. It is the hope of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) that this Toolkit will help other agencies and organizations around the country to accelerate efforts to help the nearly one-third of Americans who are not broadband subscribers in their journey toward full inclusion in the online universe of education, employment, healthcare, and other vital activities.1 *
*Excerpt from 2013 NTIA Broadband Adoption ToolKit
1 National Telecommunications and Information Administration, “Exploring the Digital Nation — Computer and Internet Use at Home” (2011). Available at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/report/2011/exploring-digital-nation-computer-and-internet-use-home. 2 National Telecommunication and Information Administration, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/about (last visited April 25, 2013). 3 See Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115, 128 (2009) (“Recovery Act”). 4 See id. § 6001(a)-(b). 5 National Broadband Map, http://www.broadbandmap.gov/ (last visited April, 26, 2013).