BroadbandUSA Newsletter February 2021

Wed, February 10, 2021
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Kinkoph photoPolicy Corner: Broadband Grant Programs
By Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator
NTIA Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications

It has been a busy start to 2021 here at NTIA. NTIA’s Institute for Telecommunication Sciences is laying the groundwork for a 5G Challenge with the Department of Defense, our Office of Spectrum Management published a spectrum repurposing report full of exciting progress, and the National Strategy to Secure 5G Implementation Plan has been released. NTIA is also hard at work putting into place the new broadband grant programs authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. These programs will help bring historically disconnected regions and communities online, with a particular emphasis on Tribal lands, minority communities and minority serving institutions. The BroadbandUSA March webinar with go into greater detail regarding these grant programs. As always, NTIA remains committed to the goal of connecting Americans to affordable and reliable broadband networks.

Consolidated Appropriations Act Webinar

BroadbandUSA’s monthly webinar on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at 3:00 pm will focus on the NTIA Grant Programs in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Participants will receive an overview of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grants, the Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grants, and the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Please register to attend.

NTIA is continuing to analyze the obligations under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Please visit our website and make sure you are signed up for email updates from BroadbandUSA to learn more.

NTIA Events
February 12, 2020

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program Tribal Consultations
Time: 1:00 PM Eastern
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is holding Tribal Consultations for input on implementation of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides new sources of Tribal broadband funding that can assist in mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the digital divide across Indian Country. The Department of Commerce and NTIA are dedicated to expanding broadband deployment in unserved areas and promoting digital inclusion. Sign up here.

February 17, 2020

BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar Series
Data as the Foundation for Broadband Planning

Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
The federal government compiles huge broadband datasets cataloguing broadband availability and subscriptions through the US Census Bureau and Federal Communications Commission, among others. These can be augmented with commercially available speed test data to provide a better insight into broadband access and availability. Join BroadbandUSA on February 17, 2021, to gain a fuller understanding of these datasets and how to use data to strengthen your broadband planning efforts.


  • Karen Perry, Senior Policy Analyst, BroadbandUSA, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

  • Bryan Darr, Vice President, Smart Communities, Ookla

  • Lai Yi Ohlsen, Project Director, Measurement Lab

Visit our Webinar Archives for past presentations, transcripts and audio recordings.

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New BroadbandUSA Team Member

Michelle CaoMichelle Cao

Michelle Cao joined the BroadbandUSA team as a graduate intern for the spring semester in January. Michelle is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York City, and is focused on information and telecommunications policy and data analysis. Originally from Los Angeles, she enjoys running and reading in her spare time.

NTIA's BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband connectivity and digital inclusion across America. In this role, BroadbandUSA serves state and local government, industry and non-profits that want to expand broadband infrastructure and promote digital inclusion.

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