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Additional California Funding Offered for Rural Telecom Efforts

March 23, 2001

Complementing California’s support for New Valley Connexion, described above, is the state’s $2 million Rural E-Commerce program. Administered by the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation within the California Technology, Trade & Commerce Agency, Rural E-Commerce provides grants to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and local governments for innovative, community-driven solutions to the telecommunications challenges faced by rural residents.

Examples of projects eligible for Rural E-Commerce support include rural telecommunications planning, rural network infrastructure, innovative applications, education and training, and related community planning efforts. According to the request for proposals, Rural E-Commerce grants also can be used as matching funds for rural communities competing for federal and foundation grants in areas relevant to rural e-commerce, such as the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) and the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program.

More information on the California Rural E-commerce Program is available at: http://commerce.ca.gov/dsti/grants.html