Commerce Awards $17.6 Million in Grants for Network Projects

President Clinton earlier this week joined U.S Department of Commerce Secretary William Daley to announce more than $17 million in matching funds awards to 43 nonprofit and governmental organizations to help fund advanced networking technology projects.

The funds will be used to improve delivery of social services, enhance the capabilities of public safety officials and bring the benefits of information technology to underserved areas of the country, Commerce officials said.

The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awards the grants annually to nonprofit organizations and state and local governments for innovative, but practical, IT programs. The $17.6 million in Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) funds will be matched by $21 million from non-federal sources.

"The experiences of these TIIAP grant recipients will help inform those who are just beginning to determine how to bring the benefits of new technologies to their communities and villages," said Larry Irving, outgoing NTIA administrator.

Descriptions of the 43 grant recipients are posted on NTIA's Web site at www.ntia.doc.gov.

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