UMass Lowell Gets Federal Broadband Grant

01/21/2010
By From the Boston Globe

The US Department of Commerce said that the University of Massachusetts Lowell will receive a grant that is part of a larger program that aims to expand broadband access and adoption.

UMass-Lowell is in line to receive a $780,000 broadband adoption grant, with an additional $196,000 in applicant-provided matching funds to "promote broadband awareness and computer literacy among vulnerable populations, including the nation’s second largest Cambodian population, low-income and at-risk youth, the unemployed, residents without college degrees, and seniors in Lowell and Merrimack Valley," the Department of Commerc said.

The UMass-Lowell grant is part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, funded by the federal stimulus bill from last year, that looks to expand broadband access and adoption throughout the country.

As part of the program, UMassachusetts-Lowell students "will work in local computer centers with at-risk youth and seniors to develop appropriate training and outreach materials," the department said.