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BTOP Information

The Utah Education Network has been awarded a grant by the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) in the first round of the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).


Previous Updates:

  • January 16, 2013: NTIA Administrator Lawrence Strickland highlights Utah's BTOP project in a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. See video and more...
  • May 9, 2012: We have completed over 120 sites! Check out the progress map for details.
  • February 9, 2012: Over 105 sites have now been completed! View the map for details.
  • January 27, 2012: Being in the Top 100 is great news for Stacey Hutchings, the Utah Virtual Academy Head of School. Her charter school was the 94th site to be connected to BTOP, which means the UEN project met a milestone for being nearly 70% complete. Read more....
  • December 21, 2011: This afternoon UEN completed the turn up of ninety-four BTOP Community Anchor Institutions. This major accomplishment meets an important grant project requirement to be "substantially complete" or 67%, by the end of the second year of the project.
  • December 8, 2011: 84 BTOP sites have been completed as of December 8, 2011.
  • October 19, 2011: UEN and the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) have now connected more than 65 Utah schools, charter schools, libraries and Head Start offices to high capacity video and data circuits. Watch a video progress report.
  • July 1, 2011: As of this morning, UEN had turned up 45 BTOP Community Anchor Institutions, exceeding our second quarter projected milestone by five. "UEN field operations, network operations and network engineering teams were well prepared for this surge of turn ups. They extended themselves in many ways to accomplish this goal. We also appreciate the extra effort and resources that Qwest/CenturyLink placed on this project to help us make it happen. Congratulations to all and thank you for all of your hard work," said project manager James Brown of UEN Technical Services. The project will ultimately connect 130 community anchor sites including elementary schools, charter schools, public libraries and Head Start programs. Watch a video progress report.
  • March 25, 2011: UEN has completed the installation and turn up of five BTOP Round 1 Anchor Institutions, with the sixth targeted for completion before the end of March 2011. These sites include the following: Jordan Hills Elementary School, Rose Springs Elementary School, Centro De La Familia Head Start District Office, Mountain Lands Head Start District Office, Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership District Head Office and the Rural Utah Head Start District Office. These locations and other BTOP sites with installations in progress can be located on the BTOP site map found on this web page.
  • December 8, 2010: UEN submitted the 3rd and Final Draft of our Environmental Assessment (EA) on November 11th. We received formal approval of the EA on December 7th, 2010. We anticipate beginning to move forward with construction in the 1st Quarter of 2011.
  • September 30, 2010: UEN has submitted the second draft of the Environmental Assessment required by NTIA prior to release of any grant funds for construction commencement on the UEN BTOP projects. We are working to address the reviewers additional comments and requirements and hope to finalize the report by November. This will allow us, if approved, to begin project construction by January 2011.
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