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NTIA should encourage wider broadband adoption by increasing funding for the Technology Opportunities Program that provides grants to build and deliver technology capability to local residents.

More compelling public-interest broadband applications will also play a role in encouraging broadband adoption. One programmatic tool used to spur digital adoption was the Technology Opportunity Program (TOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). A revived TOP program should have as its primary focus the development of nationally scalable Web-based projects that address particular social needs, including law enforcement, health care, education, and access for persons with disabilities.