NY and NJ awarded Broadband Grants #btop #broadband

Recovery.govThe Obama administration has announced the recipients of the second round of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding. $1.8 billion from the American Recovery and Investment Act will fund broadband expansion in 37 states, including New York and New Jersey.

Local projects receiving funds include:

  • New Jersey Department of Treasury: nearly $39.7 million for public safety agencies in Northern New Jersey, to deploy an interoperable wireless public safety broadband network.
  • Windstream Corporation: $856,000 for Windstream to offer broadband at up to 12 MB/sec in several communities in the NY State’s farthest western corner.
  • New York State Department of Labor:  $536,000, with $230,000 more in matching contributions, to expand occupational skills training and career planning services to low-income areas.
[Source: NYConvergence]