National Telecommunications and Information Administration June 15, 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
Document Number: 2021-12454
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the ``Act'') appropriated $285 million to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to establish the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program. The CMC Pilot Program will provide grants to eligible historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs); Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs); and Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in anchor communities for broadband internet access service, equipment, or to hire information technology personnel to facilitate educational instruction including remote instruction, and to lend or provide equipment to eligible students or patrons. This final rule describes NTIA's programmatic scope, eligibility criteria, and general guidelines for the CMC Pilot Program as authorized by the Act. NTIA will subsequently publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on that will provide more details regarding the CMC eligibility guidelines, application instructions, and program requirements.
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