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$285M for Minority Colleges. What about National Broadband & Telehealth Maps?

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NTIA’s $285-million CMC pilot program provides grants to eligible Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and minority serving institutions (MSIs).

NTIA is funding not only broadband for anchor institutions but digital programs that drive adoption (some agencies mostly fund network infrastructure). NTIA also is encouraging pilots to create 15-mile broadband umbrella around the institutions.

Nationwide, broadband and telehealth deployments are only as good as the maps that guide them. LightBox create maps by combining granular location data with information from 2 billion Wi-Fi access points. Communities get a more detailed, accurate picture of broadband connectivity.

Today’s digital equity warriors are:

A graduate of HBCU undergrad and law schools, Scott Woods currently leads the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program, and serves as a principal liaison between the CMC and BroadbandUSA program. Mr. Wood’s career of government service includes a 4-year stint at the US Department of Justice.

At LightBox, Bill Price is responsible for providing government organizations with consulting services, valuable information, and data to plan and implement broadband programs. As a senior strategy analyst at the Georgia Technology Authority, Price was the lead architect and manager of the state’s broadband plan and mapping. 


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