Jan 16

Past Event

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included $7.2 billion to expand access to high-speed Internet services to close the digital divide, drive economic growth, and build the technology infrastructure and skills that America needs to compete in the 21st century. Roughly $4 billion of that total supports the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, or BTOP. The program, which is administered by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), is investing in roughly 230 projects to increase broadband access and adoption around the country.

On January 16, Governance Studies at Brookings provided an update on the BTOP program three years after Vice President Joe Biden announced the first round of BTOP awards at a factory in Dawsonville, GA. The event featured keynote remarks by NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling, followed by a panel of officials from BTOP projects that provided firsthand accounts from around the country.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction and Moderator

  • Keynote Speaker

    • Lawrence E. Strickling

      Administrator, NTIA

      Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Panelists

    • Bruce Abraham

      Member, Board of Directors

      North Georgia Network

    • Susan Corbett

      Chief Executive Officer

      Axiom Technologies

    • Curtis Lowery, M.D.

      Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director, UAMS Center for Distance Health

      University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

    • Mark Malaspina




January 16, 2013

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


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