I am forwarding Information in case you may not have seen it.
The Open Media Foundation invites Public Access partners to join us in
applying for a Second-Round BTOP Sustainable Broadband Adoption
proposal. With the deadline for the second and final round of BTOP
grants approaching on March 15th, OMF was disappointed to learn just
last week that, despite getting past the Due-Diligence phase of the
first round, our proposal was not selected for funding. While the
late rejection has left us with a short window of opportunity to
re-apply, the process has been very informative and educational in
revising the proposal for a second try.
The vision of the project involves updating Public Access TV stations
into integrated on-line institutions that serve as a gateway for
disadvantaged communities to begin creating multimedia content for the
web and encouraging sustainable broadband adoption among communities
with historically low broadband use. Participating stations will
receive support in implementing the Open Media Project tools which,
among other things, automate the process of posting all video content
on-line. The Open Media Foundation will provide the development,
integration, and if necessary, equipment required to implement the
features of the Open Media Project (as outlined at http://openmediaproject.org/features)
Participating Stations will be asked to support early adopters in
their local "disconnected communities" (neighborhoods with low
broadband penetration rates) to produce content that conveys the
relevance of broadband in their lives. Free Speech TV will produce a
national TV series for both DishNetwork and DirecTV featuring samples
from the participating stations. As with our first round application,
we also plan to partner with the ACM to support a full-time staff
evaluation expert, documenting best-practices in sustainable broadband
adoption among member stations and developing a knowledge-base with
search-able content on a wide range of related issues.
Because the window is so tight, interested parties have only one-week
to complete the new application form at openmediaproject.org Keep in
mind that completion of the application, and participation in the
proposal does not guarantee funding, nor does it legally bind your
station to any agreement. The application is required to be
considered for participation in the grant, but it is not until the
grant is awarded and a subsequent contract is signed by your ED and
Board that your organization would be legally bound to any agreements.
My part-time guy and I would love to take advantage of the shuttle that Camera Company is offering. As far as where we are leaving from, it doesn't really matter to me. I supposed wherever the shuttle wants to pick us up is fine. Also, I would assume, because it takes at least 2 hours to get there, that we should be leaving around 7 am.
Is anyone signing up for any of the workshops? They are pretty inexpensive.
The meeting scheduled in March has been moved to March 12 at the Camera Company Trade Show in Dedham, MA. It seems that the majority of email respondents indicated this was their preference - many were going anyway.
There will be vendors, food, and a presentation by Ludlow on their brand new $750,000 facility! It should be very interesting - especially for anyone looking at a build out.
The Camera Company has booked a room for us from 9am-11am (poolside) to do with as we wish. We can have a breakfast meeting of this Western Mass group if that's the desire. Bill August, a PEG attorney who many CAB boards have used to negotiate their contracts, has offered to meet with us and discuss whatever concerns we may have - the CAP act or anything else.
In addition, the Camera Company is willing to book a free charter back and forth to the show from a WMass location.
In the interest of answering these offers, can everyone please let me know the following.
Would you be interested in such a shuttle? If so, how many staff? What are your preferences for time to leave, come back and location? Please respond here or the email sent out alongside this so we can get some movement.
Thanks Al great info.... I went to the Mass Broadband Institute Meeting at Northampton HS last Wed and it was good. The new MBI Director is much more positive and willing to discuss things. They are going for Federal Money in the next round.
There was a meeting of the Western Mass Community Fiber Network Organizing Committee on Sat, Feb 6 at the JFK Middle School - Northampton - where it was proposed 44 Western Mass communities move forward with a Fiber to the Home system. David Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) is one of the founding memebers of the Western Mass Community Fiber Network Organizing Committees. Tim nulty of VT who has started some of these FTTH networks was there. You may want to see if your community wants to be involved.
These grants are part of the Stimulus Plan and contain many facets. One of those facets is Sustainable Broadband Adoption. This is essentially making people literate in the use of broadband technology. Sound familiar? This is what PEG stations have been doing for some time now - provide community media resources and information. This is the new day for technology, and it's my belief we should be looking to be involved.
NCTV hopes to present itself as a source for training in these types fo technology and acquire operational funding from the grant for doing so. Are there other centers that are interested? If so, please respond soon, as the deadline for Round 2 of this funding is only five weeks away.
I have set up a gmail account for our group. I have sent all the current people (I have e-mail for) an e-mail. If you want me to change any of your contact information, please let me know.
If you see someone is missing off the list, please forward their information to me or have them contact me.
For those of you not at our last Western Mass Meeting, the new site is set up thanks to Mike Muller of Montague WebWorks. thank you Mike!
Now that we have a site for the Western Mass ED/Staff/Board Access Centers, maybe we should come up with an official name for our group? Any ideas anyone?)
The new director will be there to discuss broadband buildout in Western Mass -
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 (Snow date February 17)
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Northampton High School Auditorium
380 Elm Street, Northampton MA 01060
While there is no charge for attendance, please pre-register before February 1 by sending the contact information of each attendee (name/title/email/phone) and the town/city they will be representing to email@example.com.
From: Massachusetts Broadband Institute <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: January 26, 2010 1:52:09 PM EST
Subject: Massachusetts Broadband Institute BTOP Update
Bridging the Digital Divide
FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING UPDATE
January 26, 2010
The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has been informed by the U.S. Department of Commerce that the applications of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) and WesternMA Connect are no longer in the running for federal stimulus awards in Round 1 under the BTOP (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program). While we are very disappointed by this development, we will work to ensure the Round 2 applications are ultimately approved. Our commitment to broadband connectivity is unwavering, and bringing this vital resource to the unserved and underserved regions of western Massachusetts remains one of our highest economic development priorities.
We recognize that it has been a challenge for the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to implement these new broadband stimulus programs under the Recovery Act quickly. The MBI put forward a strong application detailing opportunities for significant job creation, business growth and educational advancement. We are convinced the MBI made a credible and compelling case when scored against the NTIA’s own criteria. Our commitment to broadband expansion in western Massachusetts remains strong. We are currently pulling fiber-optic cable along 55 miles of I-91, and this work will continue to serve as a critical component of our network in western Massachusetts. With state funds already available under Governor Patrick’s Broadband Act, we are working aggressively to determine how best to move forward in the absence of immediate federal stimulus funding for broadband. While we are unhappy about today’s news, we will make access to affordable, quality broadband a reality for the residents of western Massachusetts.
The next meeting of the Western Massachusetts Executive Directors meeting will take place at the Montague station, 34 second street in Turners Falls.
Date: Friday, March 26
Time: 11 AM
Call 413-863-9200 for info
All PEG Access staff are welcome.