[Libs-Or] Fwd: [District Dispatch] NTIA/RUS release highly anticipated Notice of Funding Availability for broadband stimulus programs

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 1 14:49:28 PDT 2009

 NTIA/RUS release highly anticipated Notice of Funding Availability for
broadband stimulus programs
<http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=3145> July
01st, 2009

The ALA today welcomes the release of the Notice of Funding Availability
(NOFA) for the Broadband Opportunities Technology Program (National
Telecommunications and Information Administration) and the Broadband
Initiative Program (Rural Utilities Service) included in the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

With community colleges and libraries specifically mentioned in the 121-page
document, ALA is optimistic about the opportunities available to America’s
libraries through these programs and encourages all members to take
advantage of this rare chance to apply for federal funding.

To assist libraries through this process, the ALA Washington Office will
offer a host of resources beginning with a webinar tailored to the library
community on Wednesday, July 8. (Be on the lookout for future District
Dispatch posts to obtain more details.) The webinar will feature ALA
consultants Greg Rhode, former NTIA administrator; Chris McLean, former RUS
administrator; and John Windhausen, former senior counsel of the Senate
Commerce Committee. Additional webinars will be offered in the coming weeks
to cover various programs rules.

During Annual, members can learn more about applying for broadband funding
by attending the following Washington Office events:* *

   - *Washington Office Update
   *8 to 10 a.m., Saturday
   McCormick Place West (MCP), Room W-474

   The update will include an hour-long discussion of the ARRA with an
   introduction from Bob Bocher, an overview of broadband funding program led
   by McLean, and a question-and-answer session with Bocher and McLean as well
   as Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy
   (OITP), and Carrie Lowe, director of OITP’s Program on Networks.
   - *Telecommunications: Connecting in the 21st Century and Federal
   Broadband Stimulus*
   10:30 a.m. – noon, Sunday
   McCormick Place West (MCP), Room W-176b

   This program will focus on federal broadband stimulus funding under the
   ARRA and provide attendees with an opportunity to ask detailed questions.
   This session will also cover other key issues in telecommunications policy
   such as net neutrality and developments in the Obama Administration, U.S.
   Congress, and the Washington policy community.
   Program chair is Bocher with panelists Mary Alice Ball, Inouye and
   - *John Windhausen at Membership Booth*
   2 to 3 p.m., Sunday
   10:00 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. Monday
   ALA Membership Booth on the Exhibit Floor

   Windhausen and Washington Office staff will be on hand to answer
   questions about broadband stimulus funding applications.
   - *ALA Membership Meeting*
   3:30 to 5 p.m., Saturday
   MCP W-375a
   This meeting with include a broadband overview by McLean.
   - *ALA Membership Meeting with broadband overview*
   11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday
   MCP W-375a

   This meeting with include a broadband overview by Windhausen with Lynne
   Bradley, director of the Office of Government Relations, and Inouye,
   director of the Office for Information Technology Policy.

The ALA Web site, www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus, will continue to be a
composite source all stimulus resources – including the webinars – so be
sure to visit it often, as updates are made regularly.

Applications will be available beginning* July 7* and electronic
applications for broadband funding must be submitted by 5 p.m. ET on *August
14, 2009*,* *so time is of the essence! Go to the broadband section of
knowyourstimulus <http://www.ala.org/knowyourstimulus> today to learn more!

Diedre Conkling
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR  97365
Work phone & fax:  541-265-3066
Work email:  diedre at beachbooks.org
Home email:  diedre08 at gmail.com
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