With less than two weeks left to hand out its remaining $400 million or so in broadband stimulus grants, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) gave out another $6.1 million in grants to two projects.
The North Carolina Central University School of Law will get about $2 million to upgrade broadband service and expand its legal education.
For its part, the Puget Sound Center Foundation for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will receive $4.1 million to upgrade computer centess in the state, including partnering with the Northwest Justice Project to boost access to online legal services, including in tribal areas.
Given the legal angle on the grants, they got a shout out from Lawrence Tribe, senior counselor for access to justice at the Justice Department, who spoke at a Commerce Department event announcing the grants. NTIA is an arm of Justice. Tribe has headed up the national Access to Justice initiative since its launch by the Obama administration last March.
"NTIA's support of access to justice represents forward-thinking solutions to real problems of the kind that our citizens can and should expect from their government," said Tribe.
NTIA reiterated Thursday that it would meet its Sept. 30 deadline for handing out $4 billion in broadband stimulus grants. So far, it has given out a little over $3.6 billion.