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Grants

The District of Columbia Government received over $25 million in federal grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), matched with District equivalent contribution of $10 million to:

  • Upgrade and expand the District’s existing telecommunications infrastructure
  • Increase broadband adoption rates
  • Provide technical assistance to local institutions and coordinate stakeholder activities, and
  • Expand the number of computers and improve the quality of Internet service at libraries and recreation centers throughout the District

ARRA Grants

District of Columbia – Community Access Network (DC-CAN)*
District of Columbia Broadband Education, Training, and Adoption (DC-BETA)*
District of Columbia’s Community Computing Resources project (DC-CCR)*
State Broadband Initiative (SBI)**

* Indicates Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants
** Formerly named State Broadband Data and Development

DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN)

The District of Columbia received $17.5MM for the construction of the DC Community Access Network  (DC-CAN), a federally funded project that will bring affordable, broadband services to over 250 health care, education, public safety, and other community anchor institutions primarily in broadband-underserved areas of the District. It also creates a high-speed middle mile network for last mile service providers to deliver affordable broadband access to residents and businesses in underserved areas. Learn more

DC Broadband Education, Training, and Adoption (DC-BETA)

The DC-BETA project will use $4.2MM in federal grant funding to provide broadband-related outreach, digital literacy and workforce skills training, refurbished computers, and subsidized broadband access through resource centers in economically troubled neighborhoods in Wards 5, 7, and 8. The project’s partners intend to provide digital literacy training at eight DC Public Libraries and three University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) locations, complete with multimedia and technical certification programs. Upon successful completion of these training programs, participants will receive a refurbished computer and nine months of free wireless broadband service. The project also plans to conduct extensive surveys in the project’s service area to track the progress of participants and students over time. Learn more

District of Columbia’s Community Computing Resources project (DC-CCR)

The DC Public Library received $1.5MM in federal grant funding to expand the number of computers, upgrade equipment, and improve the quality of Internet service at libraries and recreation centers throughout the District. This initiative, know as the District of Columbia’s Community Computing Resources (DC_CCR) project, will focus on serving economically vulnerable populations, especially seniors, students, the unemployed, and low-income residents, primarily in Wards 5,7 and 8. The goal of the project is to reduce public computer wait times for users and provide access to the Internet for individuals who don’t have access at home. Learn more

State Broadband initiative (SBI)

The SBI project will use $4.0MM in federal grant funding to provide technical assistance to local institutions, work to resolve broadband related obstacles, and coordinate stakeholder activities across the District. The project will also enable the District to establish and fund the official Digital Inclusion Initiative (DII) website--www.Connect.DC.gov--and to deliver its existing e-learning content, including curriculum and video training, all of which currently resides in multiple formats and at numerous locations throughout the city. In addition, SBI will identify and implement broadband data collection best practices. Learn more