BTOP

FCC: Impact of BTOP and broadband needs further study

Hillcon Valley, a Washington, DC-based blog that focuses on technology issues and policy, reported earlier this month that Commissioner Mignon Clyburn of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spoke at George Mason Law School and encouraged academics to study the effectiveness of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the Department of Commerce.

Hiring Trainers for My Community-Based Nonprofit

A few weeks ago, we wrote about ACCEL, the organization managing the Connect Your Community project in Appalachian Ohio. In this guest blog post, Jason Schroeder explains his hiring process for the project. He argues that when hiring public computing trainers, the primary criterion should be community-mindedness, not technical expertise. - Elliot Harmon

Mixed blessing: hiring new staff to implement grant projects

Grants and hiring go hand-in-hand because our ambitions and our current capacity rarely line up precisely. One of the main points of grant programs is they let nonprofits and libraries stretch, build capacity, and accomplish goals beyond their ordinary means. Yet therein lies a conundrum: if a grant project is beyond your current capacity, and you tackle it anyway, you're committing yourself and your colleagues to the difficult work of hiring new staff.

Sustainable Broadband Adoption: Are ISPs the Missing Link?

As Sarah mentioned a few weeks ago, TechSoup is currently working on a project funded by the Surdna Foundation to survey the landscape of BTOP-funded public computing initiatives and compile resources, lessons learned, and best practices. It's been fascinating to chat with people about their projects and learn about recent successes and challenges in the world of public access computing.

Review of Technology Training Resources

We're keeping an eye on the steady stream of press releases coming from NTIA announcing approved BTOP grants. It's great to see the serious attention paid to digital divide issues by the federal government as well as the hundreds of nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies (both state and local) involved in implementing the grants.

Review of Technology Training Resources

We're keeping an eye on the steady stream of press releases coming from NTIA announcing approved BTOP grants. It's great to see the serious attention paid to digital divide issues by the federal government as well as the hundreds of nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies (both state and local) involved in implementing the grants.

Surveying the BTOP landscape

We work on a lot of projects here at TechSoup that both enhance and inform the services we provide to libraries and nonprofits. One of the projects we're working on currently is an effort funded by the Surdna Foundation to gather resources to help organizations that received BTOP funding.