Request of reviewers

Alec Shaw shaw.alec at
Thu Jul 9 16:16:44 MDT 2009

I saw this on a message board I subscribe to. Thought some of you on the 
PLUG might be interested.


Dear Colleagues,

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act appropriated $7.2 billion  
and directed the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service  
(RUS) and The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications  
Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access to  
unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs,  
spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long- 
term economic benefits.

NTIA needs your help!  NTIA is urgently asking the community to sign  
up to be reviewers, on a first-come first-serve basis, for the first  
round of grant applications to its Broadband Technologies  
Opportunities Program (BTOP).  Applications for this first round of  
BTOP funding will be accepted from July 14 through August 14, 2009.   
Panel reviews will be done at least through the end of September.   
Please see the attached for what NTIA is looking for and how to sign  
up to be a reviewer.

Why should you help?  This is an important national initiative that  
has potential to provide greatly enhanced network connectivity of  
tremendous value to research and educational institutions acting as  
community anchors. As members of the NSF CISE and OCI community, you  
have a great deal of experience with reviewing grant proposals and  
many of you have the requisite technical experience and expertise.   
Please consider helping, as high quality reviewers from our community  
will help ensure that these funds are well invested for our future.

For further details about the Administration’s initiative to bring  
broadband to this nation, please see:

Biden’s announcement

Register for Workshops

General Info (looks sketchy, but click on the NOFA link for a load of  

Thank you very much,

Jeannette M. Wing, Assistant Director, Computer and Information  
Science and Engineering Directorate
Ed Seidel, Office Director, Office of Cyber Infrastructure


July 6, 2009
Call for Reviewers
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
Help America Advance its National Objective of Broadband Access for All
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)  
of the U.S.
Department of Commerce is soliciting volunteers to serve as panelists  
to evaluate grant
proposals for the $4.7 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities  
Program (BTOP), an
important part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
NTIA is accepting applications for its first round of BTOP grants from  
July 14, 2009
until August 14, 2009, and will conduct panel reviews through at least  
the end of
September, 2009. As a reviewer, your evaluations will be an important  
factor considered
by NTIA in determining whether to award grant funding. To be  
considered as a reviewer
you must have significant expertise and experience in at least one of  
the following areas:
1) the design, funding, construction, and operation of broadband  
networks or public
computer centers; 2) broadband-related outreach, training, or  
education; and 3)
innovative programs to increase the demand for broadband services. In  
addition you
must agree to comply with Department of Commerce policies on conflict  
of interest and
We are committed to ensuring that reviewers come from diverse  
backgrounds and areas
of the United States. Please feel free to circulate this “Call for  
Reviewers” to other
individuals or organizations that may be sources of qualified reviewers.
To apply to be a panel reviewer for BTOP, please email a resume  
containing the
information below to BTOPReviewers at
• Name
• Residence (city and state)
• Email/phone number
• Employer
• Position/Title
• Years and types of experience and positions in fields related to  
BTOP activities
NTIA will examine and approve reviewer applications on a first-come,  
first-served basis.
Approved reviewers will be contacted to schedule participation in a  
webinar orientation
session and teleconference panel reviews.
Although there will be no direct reimbursement for your time and  
expertise, you may be
assured that you will be making a significant contribution to  
enhancing broadband
services throughout the United States. We appreciate the valuable  
contribution you will
be making to the success of BTOP and look forward to working with you  
as a reviewer.
If you have questions, please send them by email to: BTOPReviewers at 
For additional information, please see

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