This case study report is one of twelve case studies performed by ASR Analytics, LLC (ASR) on CCI projects.
It is part of a larger mixed-methods evaluation of the social and economic impacts of the BTOP program.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated $4.4 billion in federal funding to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to implement the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) in order to spur job creation, stimulate economic growth, and increase access to broadband services. BTOP projects are intended to support increased broadband access and adoption, provide broadband training and support through community organizations, and stimulate the demand for broadband. NTIA distributed grant funding to 233 projects, benefiting all 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia. The types of projects BTOP funded include Public Computer Centers (PCC), Sustainable Broadband Adoption (SBA), and Comprehensive Community Infrastructure (CCI). CCI projects deploy new or improved broadband Internet facilities to connect households, businesses, and community anchor institutions (CAI) such as schools, libraries, hospitals, and public safety facilities.
CCI projects funded by BTOP are predominantly middle mile projects, although a small number of last mile projects were awarded.
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