Governors have been asked by the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to provide advice and suggested priorities for broadband grant applications in their respective state. Approximately 107 grant requests were received for Arizona in the first round of funding.
In response, the Arizona Broadband Advisory Committee (ABAC) was formed to provide expertise and advice to the Governor's office on broadband grant applications.
ABAC consists of a representative from ten different state agencies with ASET serving as the lead agency.
Governor Jan Brewer considered the information and advice of ABAC before forwarding her final recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).