Originally published: November 18, 2009
Last updated: November 18, 2009 - 9:44pm
NTIA submitted the third quarterly status report on the Broadband Technology and Opportunities Program (BTOP) to Congress on November 16, 2009. NTIA is employing a multi-step application review process for proposed BTOP projects. It first conducts an initial screen of applications to determine whether an application meets the eligibility requirements. Eligible applications then proceed to the "Step One" review process, where applications receive at least three independent reviews (by a three-member expert review panel) against the eligibility factors as well as against the evaluation criteria established in the NOFA.
NOFA evaluation criteria include: (1) Project Purpose; (2) Project Benefits; (3) Project Viability; and (4) Project Budget and Sustainability.
NTIA successfully recruited and selected over 1,000 highly-qualified BTOP application reviewers. Reviewers were selected for their expertise in: (1) the design, funding, construction, and operation of broadband networks or public computer centers; (2) broadband-related outreach, training, or education; (3) innovative programs to increase the demand for broadband services; or (4) other broadband-related functions or activities.
NTIA staff reviewed the resumes to screen and document the level of expertise in over 30 skill sets, such as telecommunications/broadband technical knowledge, engineering experience, communications network budgeting and financial expertise, grants management, non-profit management, experience with anchor institutions (libraries, schools, health, public safety), and experience working with minority and vulnerable populations (Native American, unemployed, senior citizens, non-English speaking). In addition, potential reviewers were required to sign a Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Certification in order to be considered. Approximately 300 individuals were rejected due to a conflict of interest, lack of qualifications, or lack of participation.
NTIA will provide its next quarterly report to Congress no later than February 15, 2010.
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