Program Name: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Point of Contact: Andrew Buss
Federal Grant Name: Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Programs Supported Through Funding: Digital Philadelphia - Broadband Infrastructure
Amount Applied For: $22 million
Funds Awarded: No award to date
Point(s) of Contact for Project(s):
The City is attempting to improve its underlying broadband and network infrastructure and meet the grant eligibility criteria of generating economic development, improving public safety, and increasing broadband access and use by the underserved population. Additionally, the infrastructure grant application is intended to complement and enable the activities of two additional proposal categories, adoption programs and public computer centers. The Free Library Foundation submitted an adoption programs application on behalf of the City in Round One and DOT will submit a Round Two public computer center application.
We did not estimate the number of jobs created in our proposal but did note that this is a “shovel ready” project capable of quickly generating employment by building out broadband infrastructure. Pending a grant award, we do not expect to know how many jobs will be created until program activities are clearly defined.