Award & Impact

As the recipient and administrator of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) currently is working on the $102 million expansion and integration of the Arkansas Telehealth Network (ATN) and the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (ARE-ON) expected to be complete by 2013. To fund this expansion, UAMS applied for and received a U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) award in August 2010.

The project will serve 450+ anchor institutions, collectively serving over 2.5 million end-user subscribers (estimated population of Arkansas). UAMS estimates the expansion of ATN and ARE-ON will create or save over 1,000 job-years, 60+ direct job-years, 640+ indirect job-years, and 400+ induced job-years, a projection utilizing “Estimates of Job Creation” provided by the Council of Economic Advisors. Also, 129,000+ jobs will be sustained by providing the expansion of health care workers’, educators’, and others’ roles through new broadband applications.

Award & Impact

Learn more about the BTOP Award and what it means for the state of Arkansas.


Check out press releases, videos, outreach materials, and various downloads of information.


Stay informed on the work underway throughout Arkansas.


Learn more about our key partner organizations whose selected facilities will receive broadband connectivity and/or interactive video equipment through this initiative.

The project described was made possible by Funding Opportunity number (Regulatory Identification Number) 0660–ZA28 and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 11.557 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration, BroadbandUSA. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of BroadbandUSA.

For a statement of network management policies, please visit our partners’ sites for the Arkansas Telehealth Oversight & Management (ATOM) Network, whose policy is currently in development, and the Arkansas Research & Education Optical Network (ARE-ON).