National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA): An Overview of Programs and Funding [January 21, 2015] [open pdf - 285KB]
"The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a bureau of the Department of Commerce, is the executive branch's principal advisory office on domestic and international telecommunications and information policies. Its mandate is to provide greater access for all Americans to telecommunications services; support U.S. efforts to open foreign markets; advise on international telecommunications negotiations; and fund research for new technologies and their applications. It is also responsible for managing spectrum use by federal agencies and, as part of this responsibility, identifying federal radio frequency spectrum that can be transferred to commercial use through the auction of spectrum licenses, conducted by the Federal Communications Commission. […] Between FY2010 and FY2011, the NTIA's budget for administration, salaries, and expenses more than doubled from $20 million to $41.6 million. This increase was largely attributed to its responsibilities in administering grants for broadband network deployment, as required by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, P.L. 111-5). The enacted budget for FY2014 was $46.0 million. As the project for broadband comes to a close, the NTIA has transferred its requests for appropriations to new programs. For example, the FY2015 budget request included $7.5 million for a new Internet Policy Center. The Administration's budget request for FY2015 was $51.0 million. The enacted amount for FY2015 is $38.2 million."
CRS Report for Congress, R43866