BTOP schedule and milestones published

The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Recovery Plan has just published its schedule for awarding grants (under the NTIA) and it looks like applicants will have to draft those grant applications very quickly. Initial grant awards will be made by 31 December 2009 but note that the initial proposal processing and review will take place between September and December 2009. All awards must be made by 30 September 2010.

Here is the full schedule:

Procurement for Grants Program Assistance Services: March – June 2009
Award Contract for Grants Program Support: June 2009
Preparation for Initial Solicitation for Proposals: April – June 2009
Publish Notice of Funds Availability: June 2009
Initial Proposal Processing and Review: Sept – Dec. 2009
Initial Grant Awards Made: December 2009
Second Solicitation for Proposals: Oct – Dec 2009
Third Solicitation for Proposals: April – June 2010
All Awards to Be Made: September 2010

Metrics for measuring success and evaluating applications:

  • Job creation
  • Number of areas where service will be available or improved (including speed and price of service)
  • Homes/businesses passed
  • How the project stimulates private investment
  • High speed service to strategic institutions

To ensure that we have access to who’s getting funded and what they’re doing with the funds, will publish information such as the geographic breakdown of broadband grants and the amount of funds awarded to recipients. Additional information will be made available on NTIA’s BTOP website.

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  1. We are tracking developments with BTOP and believe there are great opportunities for grants that would provide significant economic development. For more information, please see: