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Create a timeline of funding opportunities for organizations promoting Internet connectivity:

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timeline of funding opportunities for organizations promoting internet connectivity:

1. 2011: The High-Cost Fund transitions to the “Connect America” Fund and begins subsidizing rural broadband [source: TPI Aspen Forum Panel Universal Service: Towards Broadband, Efficiency and Equity].

2. 2015: The White House announces the “ConnectED” program, which increases funding to the Schools and Libraries E-Rate program [source: TPI Aspen Forum Panel Universal Service: Towards Broadband, Efficiency and Equity].

3. Ongoing: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering how the Lifeline program can subsidize broadband connections for low-income individuals and whether to make subsidies available to more rural providers [source: TPI Aspen Forum Panel Universal Service: Towards Broadband, Efficiency and Equity].

4. Ongoing: The Universal Service Fund (USF), which collects from consumers and redistributes over $8 billion a year, includes programs intended to subsidize connectivity for the unconnected and underserved [source: may-15-2018-theres-an-app-for-that-oh-testimony].

It’s important to note that the provided documents do not cover all funding opportunities for organizations promoting internet connectivity. Further research may provide additional information on other funding opportunities available.

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Creating a timeline of funding opportunities for organizations focused on promoting Internet connectivity involves considering various sources of funding, such as government grants, private foundations, corporate sponsorships, and international organizations. While the specific opportunities will vary based on location and the current year, a general timeline can be outlined based on common funding cycles and initiatives.

January to March

  • Government Grants Announcements: Many government bodies, especially in the U.S., announce grants for technology and connectivity projects in the first quarter. This includes federal agencies like the FCC and NSF.
  • Corporate Funding Cycles: Some tech companies start their fiscal year with new budgets for corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, including digital equity.

April to June

  • Private Foundations: Foundations that focus on technology, education, and social impact often have spring grant cycles. Look for foundations with a history of funding digital access initiatives.
  • International Aid Agencies: Agencies like the World Bank or various UN departments may announce funding for global digital inclusion projects.

July to September

  • Mid-Year Government Grants: Some government programs have a mid-year funding cycle. This can include state-level grants in the United States.
  • Educational Grants: With the academic year starting in many countries, this period may see grants aimed at educational connectivity.

October to December

  • End-of-Year Philanthropy: Many private donors and foundations make decisions on giving towards the end of the fiscal year.
  • Holiday Season Initiatives: Some companies launch CSR initiatives around the holiday season, focusing on digital inclusion.

Ongoing Opportunities

  • Crowdfunding and Community Initiatives: Throughout the year, platforms like Kickstarter or GoFundMe can be used for smaller, community-based projects.
  • Private Sector Partnerships: Ongoing negotiations and partnerships with private sector entities can yield support outside traditional grant cycles.

Tips for Staying Informed

  1. Subscription to Newsletters: Subscribe to newsletters from key funding organizations and technology news outlets.
  2. Networking: Attend conferences and workshops related to digital equity and technology to learn about upcoming opportunities.
  3. Collaboration: Partnering with other organizations can strengthen grant applications and open up new funding avenues.

Final Note

This timeline is indicative and subject to change based on specific regional policies, annual budgets, and special initiatives. It is important to regularly check the websites of potential funders and be prepared for occasional special grant announcements outside of these general timeframes.

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