TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS: The Stimulus Package and Its Impact

    View Author 13 February 2009

    To provide a sense of the stimulus package’s overall funding levels, we have prepared a general overview of the bill by subject area. Please note that this is a general overview of funding levels only, and does not report on every aspect of the bill. For a detailed analysis on any subject matter and the process for securing these federal dollars, please contact the Patton Boggs professionals listed below for each respective subject area.


    • $2.5 billion for the Department of Agriculture for distance learning, telemedicine and programs that increase broadband access and usage.

    • $4.7 billion for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) for competitive grants to accelerate broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas, with at least $200 million for competitive grants for expanding public computer center capacity, including community colleges and public libraries, and at least $250 million for competitive grants for innovative programs for sustainable broadband adoption.

    • $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program for additional implementation and administration of program, including coupons, consumer outreach and support.

    • $650 million to the Department of Education for educational technology State grants.

    • $200 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs for information technology systems, Veterans Benefit Administration for paperless claims processing.