Heard on the call: BTOP on MADCo

Last week I spoke on the Media and Democracy Coalition’s bi-weekly teleconference about the BTOP data gathering and research I’ve been doing. Chance Williams did a great writeup on it in MADCO’s newsletter today:

The Transmission Project’s Ben Sheldon has closely monitored grants awarded by the NTIA for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and collected interesting data. Ben shared his analysis of the awards process and the types of projects being funded (or not).

Back in November, the lack of clear information coming out about the BTOP program prompted the Transmission Project’s Ben Sheldon to take on a “side project” to do some analysis of the data. The result has been a great resource that Ben and the Transmission Project have shared with all of us that sheds light on the BTOP process.

Ben didn’t begin with a research question, but by looking at poverty, inclusion and engagement he discovered data that tells an interesting story. There were a number of public private partnerships, the size and scope of most funded projects was pretty unassuming, and of the 2200 applications received 1100 received at least one challenge.


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