NTIA Awards $42.8 Million in Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) Grants

November 5, 2001

The Commerce Department’s National

Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today announced the

award of $42.8 million in Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grants to 74

non-profit organizations, including state and local governments, across the

country and in Puerto Rico.

TOP grants, matched by $46.7 million in contributions from

the private sector and state and local organizations, extend the benefits of

advanced telecommunications technologies to underserved communities and


“We want these grants to demonstrate how the most up-to-date

technology can assist the delivery of services to Americans of all ages and

backgrounds, improving levels of public safety, public health, public

information, homeownership and economic development,” said Assistant Secretary

of Commerce for Communications and Information Nancy J. Victory. “Successful TOP grants recipients share best

practices with other non-profit and public sector organizations.”

Services provided by this year’s grant winners include:

telemedicine (videoconferencing with translation/interpretation tools, access

for the deaf and hard of hearing); public safety (fire incident reporting,

beach safety, community policing); distance learning (job training, access to

health benefits, access to local history and culture); community information

(affordable housing, public housing); as well as numerous other innovative


A complete list of the FY 2001 TOP award grants is available

on the TOP Web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/index.html

or by calling NTIA at 202-482-2048.