Public Telecommunications Facilities Planning and Construction

To assist in the planning, acquisition, installation, and modernization of public telecommunications facilities, through planning grants and matching construction grants, in order to: (a) extend delivery of public telecommunications services to as many citizens of the United States and territories as
possible by the most efficient and economical means, including the use of broadcast and nonbroadcast technologies; (b) increase public telecommunications services and facilities available to, operated by and owned by minorities and women; and (c) strengthen the capability of existing public television and radio stations to provide public telecommunications service to the public.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce fosters and promotes the nation's economic development and technological advancement through vigilance in international trade policy, domestic business policy and growth, and promoting economic progress at all levels.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: To be determined. Fiscal Year 2017: To be determined. Fiscal Year 2018: To be determined.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides grants for the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities.

Matching grants are given for apparatus necessary for the production, dissemination, interconnection, captioning, broadcast, or other distribution of noncommercial educational, cultural radio and television programs, as well as noncommercial instructional or informational services.

Buildings and renovations of buildings, land, operational expenses, and indirect costs are ineligible.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

A public or noncommercial educational broadcast station; a noncommercial telecommunications entity; a system of public telecommunications entities; a nonprofit foundation, corporation, institution or association organized primarily for educational or cultural purposes; State, local, and Indian Tribal governments (or an agency thereof); or a political or special purpose subdivision of a State.

Special consideration is given to applications which would increase minority and women's ownership of, operation of, and participation in public telecommunications entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public and students.


All applicants must supply proof of eligibility. Applicants must supply proof of their Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license, permit, or application if FCC authorization is required for any aspect of the proposed project. Applicants must provide assurances required under Program Rules and Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program.

Award Procedures

Applications were reviewed on the basis of funding criteria for construction and planning applications as set forth in the regulations.


Dec 02, 2009 NTIA is no longer accepting applications for the program.


Communications Act of 1934, Title III, Part IV, 47 U.S.C 390-394, 397-399 (b) as amended, Public Law 87-447, 76 Stat. 64; Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agency Appropriations Act of 2006; Public Law 109-108.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: 47 U.S.C 392 (b) and (c); 15 CFR 2301.6. The Administrator may provide up to 100 percent of the funds necessary for the planning of a public telecommunications facility. The maximum amount of a federal grant for the construction of a public telecommunication facility is 75 percent of the eligible project costs. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects must be completed within a reasonable period of time, generally one to two years as specified in the award document. Prompt completion is expected. Extensions, however, may be requested in writing if circumstances require additional time. Extensions must be approved by the Grants Officer. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Financial assistance is generally released as required during the award period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Construction Schedules, Quarterly Performance Reports, and Annula Reports.

No cash reports are required.

During construction, quarterly progress reports must be submitted.

No expenditure reports are required.

The Federal Government maintains a ten-year reversionary interest in the use of the facilities from the date of completion.

Annual reports must be submitted before April 1st of each year during such period.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients of construction grants shall keep a complete and itemized inventory of equipment for all public telecommunications facilities under their control. All grantees shall keep complete, current and accessible financial records on all funds associated with the total project. All records of accounts, supporting documents and project records must be retained by the recipient and subrecipient for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$5,122 to $731,924. Average $177,889.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Public Telecommunications Facilities Program and Policy Statement, Final Rules, 15 CFR 2301 printed in 61 FR 57966 (November 8, 1996). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-21 for institutions of higher education, A-87 for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments, and with A-122 for nonprofit organizations. Grants management will be in accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 for institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations and with 15 CFR Part 24 for State and Local Governments.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Brian Gibbons U.S. Department of Commerce NTIA, BroadbandUSA 1401 Constitution Ave., NW, Room 4887, Washington, District of Columbia 20230 Email: Phone: 202-482-6094

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

In order to achieve the objectives of Section 393 of the Communications Act, the Administrator, in determining whether to approve a construction grant application in whole or in part and the amount of such grant, will consider the projects conformance with priorities, and funding criteria set forth in the Act and the PTFP Rules and Regulations.

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