We begin the fall with remarkable news regarding three competitive grants that we submitted last winter. On Thursday, October 1, Idaho Public Television was notified that we were being awarded two major competitive equipment grants totaling $747,277 from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP).
The first grant will allow IdahoPTV to acquire the needed equipment for DTV fill-in translators that will serve Boise Front/Harris Ranch, Bellevue and eastern Pocatello. As you may recall, I testified before Congress this past winter about the need for such service. This grant requires local match totaling $90,760, which IdahoPTV has secured. The second grant will enable the upgrade of our statewide network center to allow for the delivery of regional over-the-air HD content services, added near-line storage and backup power. This grant requires a local match totaling $325,000. This amount has not been secured, but we have begun the search by requesting it in our FY 2011 budget request to the state of Idaho.
On Friday, October 9, 2009 we were notified by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) that Idaho Public Television was awarded a competitive grant of $481,770 for the equipment needed for three other DTV fill-in translators serving Emmett, Idaho City and Glenns Ferry. The grant has no local match requirements.
I want to acknowledge the terrific work of IdahoPTV's grant writer Cindy Lunte, Director of Technology Rich Van Genderen and Fiscal Officer Toni Ward for their efforts to better serve our viewers and users across our service areas.
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