Notice: Broadband Grant Programs Meetings
On February 24, 2009, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published a Notice in the Federal Register announcing its intention to begin holding meetings on March 2, 2009, in connection with the broadband grant programs described in the Broadband Data Services Improvement Act, Public Law No. 110-385, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), Public Law No. 111-5 (collectively, ``Broadband Grant Programs''). This Notice provides clarification regarding those meetings.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiatives
Section 6001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to establish the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The Recovery Act further establishes authority for the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to make grants and loans for the deployment and construction of broadband systems. NTIA and RUS will hold a series of public meetings about the new programs beginning on March 16, 2009. In addition to the information received about the new programs during the public meetings, written comments will be accepted through April 13, 2009. Through this notice, guidance is provided as to the matters to be discussed at these public meetings and the categories of information with respect to which interested parties may submit comments.
Amendments to the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program to Implement the DTV Delay Act
On February 11, 2009, President Obama signed into law the DTV Delay Act, which extended the deadline for the digital conversion and the coupon application period for the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program (Coupon Program) by four months.\1\ The DTV Delay Act also authorized the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to issue replacement coupons to households whose coupons have otherwise expired unredeemed. These changes to the Coupon Program were conditioned upon enactment of new budget authority for the Coupon Program, which was recently provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.\2\