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Meanwhile, NTIA and the Ag Department’s Rural Utilities Service, which runs a separate grant program, set the deadline for their second rounds: Both will accept apps Feb. 16 to March 15. Grantees will be announced by Sept. 30. Details are online.
NTIA’s latest grants will help expand fast Internet networks in two states: In Michigan, nonprofit Merit Network Inc. got $33.3 million to extend its fiber-optic backbone by 955 miles in 32 counties. (Merit will discuss plans in a webcast Monday morning.) And in North Carolina, nonprofit MCNC got $28.2 million to expand the North Carolina Research and Education Network, adding 494 miles of middle-mile connections to 685 miles of existing routes in the urbanized center of the state.
Much smaller sums went to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell for broadband awareness and literacy outreach and Michigan State University to add 500 workstations in computer centers around the state.
NTIA said it will give top priority to Comprehensive Community Infrastructure that complete the “middle mile” hookups for libraries, colleges, hospitals and other key institutions in an area. It also will put at least $150 million into public computer centers that give broadband access to the general public and $100 million into Sustainable Broadband Adoption grants to educate and equip “vulnerable population groups” that don’t often use broadband.
Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service will concentrate funds on last-mile projects while streamlining its aid options: All supported projects will get 75 percent of their funds as grants and 25 percent as loans. The agency will announce a later app period for projects providing broadband via satellite in rural areas that are left unserved by other Recovery Act projects.
For potential grant-seekers, both agencies will offer live webcasts from technical assistance workshops this week: On Tuesday, Agriculture’s from Portland, Ore., at noon Eastern time, 9 a.m. Pacific. On Friday, Jan. 29, NTIA will stream its workshop from Denver, at 11 a.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Mountain. Online participants must register more than 24 hours in advance.
In addition to the events in Portland and Denver, the agencies will hold public workshops around the country: Reno, Nev., Jan. 27; San Antonio, Feb. 1; Eureka, Mo., Feb. 2; Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 4; Detroit, Feb. 5; Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 9; Fayetteville, N.C., Feb. 11; and Atlanta, Feb. 12.
The agencies also offer a website, at match.broadbandusa.gov, to help applicants hook up with potential partners.
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The long-running weekly pubaffairs series Think Tank With Ben Wattenberg is ceasing production at the end of the month, according to a press release. "It is no secret that it is very hard to raise money for any kind of media underwriting or advertising now, public or private," Wattenberg said in the statement. "But I hope that when the economy turns around, which I believe has already begun, we will be back not only with our weekly public television program, but with some exciting specials which are already in development." Over the past 15 years guests have included legal scholar Robert Bork, economists Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith former ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick and congressman Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
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The New York Times reported earlier that PBS has green-lit a new public affairs series from WNET. Need to Know, a one-hour show that launches in May, will originate from the New York station's new studios in Lincoln Center. It replaces Bill Moyers Journal and Now, two series that go off the air in April. PBS will formally announce the new show, as well as its plan to create a new Web portal for its news and public affairs content, during the Television Critics Association Press Tour today.
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Two have changed their names: PBS Showcase reverts to "the PBS Annual Meeting" as it consolidates with the PBS Development Conference, which was postponed from last fall, and DEI's Public Radio Development & Marketing Conference, which changes its first name to “Public Media . . .”
A quick rundown:
Jan. 12-15 — NETA Conference, Henderson, Nev.;
Feb. 7-10 — APTS Capitol Hill Day and Members Meetings, Washington, D.C.;
April 7-9 — PBS Technology Conference, Las Vegas; before the big National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show, April 10-15;
April 8-10 —Public Radio Engineering Conference, Las Vegas, sponsored by the Association of Public Radio Engineers, ditto;
April 21-23 —Music Personnel Conference, New York City, sponsored by the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio;
May 17-20 — PBS Annual Meeting, Austin, TX;
June 1-4 — Public Broadcasting Management Association, Tampa;
June 9-12 — National Federation of Community Broadcasters, St. Paul, Minn.;
June 24-25 — Public Radio News Directors Inc., Louisville, Ky., with preconference training sessions June 23;
July 8-10 — DEI’s Public Media Development and Marketing Conference, Ft. Worth, Texas;
Sept. 23-26 —Public Radio Program Directors Conference, Denver; and
Nov. 10-13 — American Public Television Fall Marketplace and 50th anniversary celebration, Palm Desert, Calif.
Yet to announce dates: Integrated Media Association’s Public Media Conference.
Current will have fresh issues at many of the events; its new publication schedule is posted on Current.org.