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K12 BTOP Information


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Download flyer for Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) on Broadband Infrastructure Project (fiber installations).

 

BTOP Contacts for K12 Counties and Schools

Vicki Allen (vallen@access.k12.wv.us or 1.304.558.3538) BTOP Point of Contact (POC) for K12

Sterling Beane (sbeane@access.k12.wv.us or 1.304.558.3538) County Broadband Projects Coordinator

Greg Chapman (gchapman@access.k12.wv.us  or 1.304.755.4882) K-12 Network Engineer

Eric Petrucci (epetrucc@access.k12.wv.us or 1.800.544.5006) K-12 Network Engineer

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT
The West Virginia Statewide Broadband Infrastructure Project plans to bring high-speed Internet access to this underserved region by expanding the state’s existing microwave public safety network and adding about 2,400 miles of fiber. The expanded statewide network expects to directly connect more than 1,000 anchor institutions, including public safety agencies, public libraries, schools, government offices, and other critical community facilities at speeds of up to 45 Mbps. As a result of this project, every K–12 school in the state will have a high-speed Internet connection. In addition, access to healthcare, distance learning opportunities, and broadband and video applications for emergency first responders will be greatly expanded. The project intends to spur affordable broadband service impacting more than 700,000 households, 110,000 businesses, and 1,500 anchor institutions, by allowing local Internet service providers to connect to the project’s open network.

Fact Sheet for WV BTOP Grant ($126,323,296)

Categories for BTOP Grant Spending

Draft Document of BTOP Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs)

BTOP Map of K12 Schools

BTOP Router Specifications

Any school that is receiving a new 3945 Cisco router as a part of the BTOP project needs to be aware that these routers are significantly larger than the 2600 series routers currently installed in most schools. This will be an issue if the rack, where the router will be installed is not large enough or does not have enough space remaining to accommodate the new router. The dimensions for the 3945 router are as follows:

5-1/8" Tall (3U)

17-1/4" Wide

18-3/4" Deep

Weight 50lbs.

Please contact Sterling Beane (sbeane@access.k12.wv.us or 1.304.558.3538) for details and recommendations regarding installation options and rack sizes for BTOP routers.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009


Federal Information:


Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) a "historic opportunity to create jobs and advance education reform." He credited the "leadership of the President and the Congress in laying groundwork for a generation of education reform and economic opportunity."

President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009. This historic law provides more than $100 billion dollars over the next two years to save education jobs, send young people to college, modernize America's classrooms, and advance education reforms.

Press Release
Fact Sheet
Budget Information
State Tables  Choose the file named "State tables by program" then find the section "Educational Technology State Grants" in the Table of Contents.
More Information

Information above linked from www.ed.gov.

ARRA Broadband Applications:


ARRA Broadband Conference Call Information for July 30 or July 31, 2009

Broadband USA (www.broadbandusa.gov)

State Information:


West Virginia K-12 Technology—Bandwidth Infrastructure Funding Options - Posted 6/9/2009

Bandwidth Infrastructure Planning with Phases - DRAFT - Posted 6/9/2009

TFS FY2010 Allocations - Posted 6/9/2009

Chart of ARRA Funding for Technology Expenditures - Last updated 5/27/2009

ARRA WVDE FAQs

ARRA EETT Application Information

Recommendations for Expenditure of ARRA Funds - Last updated 6/18/2009

Recommendations/Process for Expenditure of ARRA Funds for Technology - Last updated 5/11/2009

Netbook Information - Last updated 5/11/2009

ARRA Presentation - Last updated 5/20/2009

WVDE ARRA Guidebook - Posted 5/26/2009

Broadband Recommendations

Bandwidth Infrastructure Levels Graphic - Last updated 6/9/2009

US Department of Agriculture Community Connect Rural Development Telecommunications Grant Program Announcement http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/04/0135.xml

US Department of Agriculture Community Connect Rural Development Telecommunications Grant Program Application Guide – Deadline: June 19, 2009 http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/commconnect/2009/2009CommConnectAppGuideb.pdf

Other Information:


Recovery.org was launched on March 31, 2009 by Onvia, a Seattle-based, public company that tracks all spending at every level government. Recovery.org tracks all American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending [subject to agency updates] by federal, state and local government agencies. Onvia developed Recovery.org to bring unprecedented transparency and accountability to recovery spending and ensure that every business regardless of size has equal access to the projects associated with the recovery efforts.