Computer Resource Centers
Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
In July 2011, Computer Resource Centers received $2.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This program, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and pursued by New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), resulted in the creation of the Connected Communities Initiative - a consortium of information resource organizations led by DoITT. Computer Resource Centers is one of six Connected Communities recipients along with the Brooklyn, Queens Borough, and New York Public Libraries, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the New York City Department for the Aging/Older Adults Technology Services (DFTA/OATS).
The Connected Communities Initiative seeks to provide New York City communities with improved broadband access and technology instruction geared toward economic recovery, workforce development, digital literacy, and youth educational enrichment opportunities. Participation in this initiative has enabled Computer Resource Centers to support and sustain a longstanding mission to bridge the digital divide in New York City by providing free or low-cost technology access to New York City residents in recreation centers.
As a result of the federal funding, CRCs have hired additional technology educators, implemented new equipment and software, and strengthened program offerings to serve New Yorkers across the five boroughs.
BTOP sponsored Computer Resource Centers include: Al Oerter, Brownsville, Chelsea, Greenbelt, Hamilton Fish, Hansborough, Jackie Robinson, Sorrentino, St. John’s, St. Mary’s and Sunset Park Computer Resource Centers.