Bellamy Bringing the Broadband?By
Schedule and Milestones
Procurement for Grants Program Assistance Services March â€“ June 2009
Award Contract for Grants Program Support June 2009
Preparation for Initial Solicitation for Proposals April â€“ June 2009
Publish Notice of Funds Availability June 2009*
Initial Proposal Processing and Review Sept â€“ Dec. 2009
Initial Grant Awards Made December 2009
Second Solicitation for Proposals Oct â€“ Dec 2009
Third Solicitation for Proposals April â€“ June 2010
All Awards to Be Made September 2010
Milestone Completion Date Award Contract for Grants Program Support 06/30/2009 Initial Grant Awards Made 12/31/2009 All Awards to Be Made 09/30/2010
Mayor Bellamy’s had her eye on it. Mtn. X:
The push to expand broadband Internet access in and around Asheville may be building steam, thanks to federal stimulus money. Mayor Terry Bellamy is meeting with state representatives and looking for ways to use money made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help make it happen.
In April, Bellamy was invited to attend Innovation Generation, a policy summit in Washington, D.C., whose guest list featured industry leaders, federal representatives and other mayors, touting broadbandâ€™s importance in leveling the field in education, technology and industry. Cheaper than laying new cables and other infrastructure, it also has a broader reach.
That means it can help â€œmake sure our children are computer-literate, have access and keep us competitive in education,â€ notes Bellamy.
Expanded access can help close the â€œdigital divideâ€ hurting lower-income people, says Jennifer Mayer, co-owner of Charlotte Street Computers, and high-speed wireless (such as 3G broadband) would be the quickest way to get it done.
Mayer, whoâ€™s working on the mayorâ€™s re-election campaign, is also part of a push to place more computers in Ashevilleâ€™s community centers. Championing broadband, she maintains, opens the door to improved education and communication in Asheville while making it a more attractive location for businesses.