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NTIA Awards $42.8 Million in Technology Opportunities Program (TO P) Grants

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  • Deborah Elizabeth Finn
    Dear Colleagues, Many thanks go out to Jamal Le Blanc of the Benton Foundation, for circulating this! Nonprofit organizations (as well as local and state
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      Dear Colleagues,

      Many thanks go out to Jamal Le Blanc of the Benton Foundation, for
      circulating this! Nonprofit organizations (as well as local and state
      governments) are eligible to apply for these grants.

      Best regards from Deborah

      Deborah Elizabeth Finn
      Nonprofit Liaison Officer, TechFoundation
      20 University Road, Cambridge, MA 02138
      www.techfoundation.org
      finn@...
      deborah_elizabeth_finn@...



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      For Immediate Release
      October 1, 2001 Contact: Clyde Ensslin
      (202) 482-7002

      NTIA Awards $42.8 Million in Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) Grants

      Advanced Telecommunications Technology Grants Assist Underserved Communities
      The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information
      Administration (NTIA) today announced the award of $42.8 million in
      Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grants to 74 non-profit
      organizations, including state and local governments, across the country and
      in Puerto Rico.

      TOP grants, matched by $46.7 million in contributions from the private
      sector and state and local organizations, extend the benefits of advanced
      telecommunications technologies to underserved communities and
      neighborhoods.

      "We want these grants to demonstrate how the most up-to-date technology can
      assist the delivery of services to Americans of all ages and backgrounds,
      improving levels of public safety, public health, public information,
      homeownership and economic development," said Assistant Secretary of
      Commerce for Communications and Information Nancy J. Victory. "Successful
      TOP grants recipients share best practices with other non-profit and public
      sector organizations."

      Services provided by this year's grant winners include: telemedicine
      (videoconferencing with translation/interpretation tools, access for the
      deaf and hard of hearing); public safety (fire incident reporting, beach
      safety, community policing); distance learning (job training, access to
      health benefits, access to local history and culture); community information
      (affordable housing, public housing); as well as numerous other innovative
      services.

      A complete list of the FY 2001 TOP award grants is available on the TOP Web
      site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/index.html or by calling NTIA
      at 202-482-5802.

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