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2/18/2015 CSMAC Meeting Notice

Date: 
January 16, 2015

The next meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee will be held on February 18, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. The meeting will be held at the Raytheon Company, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 20th Floor, Rosslyn, VA 22209–2249. CSMAC provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on spectrum management policy matters. Please see the attachment below for further information.

2015-01-16


02/18/2015 CSMAC Meeting Notice

Date: 
January 16, 2015

The next meeting of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee will be held on February 18, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. The meeting will be held at the Raytheon Company, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, 20th Floor, Rosslyn, VA 22209–2249. CSMAC provides advice to the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information on spectrum management policy matters. Please see the attachment below for further information.

2015-01-16


Research Study Shows NTIA Broadband Grants Provided Billions in Economic Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
January 14, 2015
News Media Contact: 
Juliana Gruenwald, (202) 482-2145, jgruenwald@ntia.doc.gov
 

WASHINGTON  –  The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new independent research study today showing that its broadband grants program resulted in billions of dollars in economic benefits to the communities served, including increased economic output and higher levels of employment.

The four-year study, prepared by the research firm ASR Analytics, examined the social and economic impacts of the $4 billion in Recovery Act grants awarded by NTIA to expand broadband access and adoption across the country through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). In communities where grantees built new broadband infrastructure, broadband availability grew by an estimated 2 percent more than in communities not served by a broadband grantee. That growth could be expected to translate into increased economic output of as much as $21 billion annually, the report concluded.

We’ve seen firsthand the transforming economic and societal impact that broadband has on communities across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling. “The study released today captures only an early picture of the economic impact of our broadband grants. As more and more providers take advantage of Recovery Act-funded networks, we fully anticipate that the impact will be even greater.”

NTIA is at the forefront of federal efforts to ensure that all Americans share in the promise and potential of the digital economy. NTIA today also unveiled its Broadband USA initiative aimed at finding new ways to assist communities seeking to build their broadband capacity to advance economic development.

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2015-01-14


NTIA Announces BroadbandUSA Effort to Assist Communities with Broadband Plans

January 14, 2015

Over the past five years, we at NTIA have seen first-hand through our broadband grant program the power of broadband to transform lives and impact communities.  Broadband has become a cornerstone of economic growth, providing Americans the tools they need to participate in the rapidly growing digital economy.

NTIA invested more than $4 billion in grants through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program to build network infrastructure, establish public computer centers, and develop digital literacy training to expand broadband adoption.  Through those projects, we’ve made significant progress.  Our grantees have built or upgraded more than 113,000 miles of fiber and connected nearly 25,000 community anchor institutions, such as schools and libraries.  Our grantees also have established or upgraded 3,000 public computer centers, trained more than four million people and helped roughly 735,000 households sign up for broadband.  An independent study released by NTIA today shows that these grants are projected to increase economic output by as much as $21 billion annually.

But there’s more work to be done. Investing in broadband is a matter of basic equity.  Americans who do not have access to the Internet are increasingly cut off from job opportunities, educational resources, healthcare information and even government services.  Communities that do not have high-speed infrastructure are increasingly at a disadvantage in attracting new businesses and new jobs and competing in today’s knowledge-based economy. Since 2009, broadband adoption has increased more than 12 percent in the United States and stands at 72 percent according to our latest reported data.  That is a healthy growth rate but it still means that almost a quarter of U.S. households are not online at home.  

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2015-01-14