Broadband Internet Access Services

The SMART HBCU URNTech Program will seek fund to improve the use of broadband services by eligible MBEs and community-based organizations to deliver digital skills, digital inclusion, workforce development programs, and technology services in anchor communities;


SMART HBCU Research Cohort

Virtual Broadband Summit

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Bridging Digital Opportunities

Anchor Community Collaboration

Event will be held as the SMART HBCU Research Cohort Agreement and SMART HBCU HUB lead University partnership discussion for the grant and contract submissions intermediated by the exchange.

Industry Led HBCU Cohort Discussion

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from across the United States are currently collaborating to develop and build out a pilot Broadband and 5G Digital Opportunity Collaborative Network in both Urban and Rural anchor communities.

Digital Opportunities for Community Learning

Digital literacy is a critical 21st century skill-set.  HBCUs are uniquely positioned to assist their neighboring anchor communities connect, create and learn through the development of sustainable program initiatives.

SMART HBCU

Cohort Initiative

Urban and Rural HBCU Anchor Institutions

U.S. Minority Tech Industry

The SMART HBCU Consortium is governed, in Virginia, at Norfolk State University's Center of Excellence in Governance, Research & Education.  HBCUs from across the nation have agreed to strategically align resources in order to develop  larger grant and contract opportunities that extend their campuses, building institutional effectiveness and community resilience. 

The U.S. minority technology industry now includes over 65,000 employers with a combined annual income of +$100 Billion.  The Council Exchange Board of Trade has developed an Alliance program that coordinates the capability and scale of this fast growing industry sector.

Urban Rural Network 

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Keynote Introductions by
Karl Cureton, CEBOT CEO

Past Virtual Event

Wednesday June 23, 2021

1:00PM - 2:30PM EST

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$65 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Industry/University Research Can Sustain Multiple Service Awards and Support & Management Capabilities To Connect Minority Communities to Digital Opportunities

How can the Minority Tech Industry support the NTIA CMC Pilot Program and future Federal Infrastructure Funding through teaming and transparency?

Chairman's Message

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10-05-2021 - Past Event

Karl CuretonCEBOT Founder & Chair

Minority Universities including HBCUs, HIs, and TCCU have been awarded federal contracts at a ratio of 123:1

$123Billion  vs  $1Billion!

Help is on the way as CEBOT engages the Minority Tech Industry with Minority Serving Colleges & Universities across the U.S.


$268 Million in federal funding now available for minority community broadband and technology enhancement for campus and surrounding communities.  Contractor Team Arrangements now underway to establish contract agreements and statements of work.  

Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives

November 2019 NTIA launched the Minority Broadband Initiative (MBI) in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to work on solving broadband deployment challenges in vulnerable communities.  On December 2020 the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 included the formation of the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Building a National Digital Access Platform

The SMART HBCU research solution builds the broadband and IT capacity of eligible HBCU, TCU, and MSI institutions while facilitating broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to campus students and patrons at eligible institutions, Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations in anchor minority communities throughout the nation.



The research conducted at the SMART HBCU Research Cohort is particularly focused on the provision of subsidized broadband access and equipment to qualified low-income/in need students and communities like a utility.  The Internet as a Utility idea is a driving narrative which may mitigate key cyber and privacy risks given the evolution available between 5G and Web 3.0.


Final Rule for the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program, which will direct $268 million for expanding broadband to eligible historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs).

Effective July 15, 2021

NTIA launched the Minority Broadband Initiative (MBI) in partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to work on solving broadband deployment challenges in vulnerable communities. The MBI is focused on two high-level goals:

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the ‘‘Act’’) appropriated $285 million to NTIA to establish the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Pilot Program. The CMC Pilot Program will provide grants to eligible historically Black colleges or universities (HBCUs); Tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs); and Minority serving institutions (MSIs) in anchor communities for broadband internet access service, equipment, or to hire information technology personnel to facilitate educational instruction including remote instruction, and to lend or provide equipment to eligible students or patrons. This final rule describes NTIA’s programmatic scope, eligibility criteria, and general guidelines for the CMC Pilot Program as authorized by the Act. NTIA will subsequently publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on www.grants.gov that will provide more details regarding the CMC eligibility guidelines, application instructions, and program requirements.

Convening a forum where stakeholders can explore options for leveraging HBCU broadband infrastructure to connect neighboring communities of vulnerable populations.

Using broadband infrastructure investment as a catalyst for adoption that will result in job growth and economic development and deployment of advanced mobile technologies primarily in the economically distressed communities of the rural South.

$268 Million in Grant Funding SMART HBCU Developing OpportunitiesProposals Due December 1, 2021

• Provide technical assistance to other HBCUs and anchor communities with respect to navigating Federal programs dealing with broadband internet access service.


• Promote digital literacy skills, by providing opportunities for virtual and/or in-person digital literacy training and education.


• Provide professional development opportunity partnerships between industry and HBCUs, MSIs and Tribal Colleges or Universities to help ensure that information technology personnel and students of HBCUs, MSI and Tribal Colleges or Universities have the skills needed to work with new and emerging technologies with respect to broadband internet access services.


• Explore how to leverage investment in infrastructure with respect to broadband internet access services


     o Expand connectivity with respect to that service.

     o Encourage investment in communities that have been designated as qualified opportunity zones.

    o Serve as a catalyst for adoption of that services, so as to promote job growth and economic development and deployment of advanced technology.


• Assume any functions carried out under the Minority Broadband Initiative of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration as of the day before the date of enactment of this Act.


     o Hire and Train information technology personnel.


     o Purchase eligible equipment.


     o To operate minority business


     o To operate the organization (501c3)


Building a Nation of Producers

America's economy converges and grows when industry, government and community partners work together and agree to joint profitable and sustainable economic outcomes.

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Building a New American Economy

America's Community Collaboration Platform

The ACCP Digital Collaboration Platform was created to unify our nation and build together the critical relationships and infrastructure needed to restore the health and economy of the United States.  The broader impact of this research includes new international economic development methodologies.

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There’s no greater economic engine in the world than the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. ACCP brings together industry, government, academia, service providers and community to digitally create a path towards economic mobility and self-sufficiency for targeted participants across United States.

The current version of the ACCP service offering introduces a two year longitudinal research on over 660,000 current HUD housing support recipients located in 50 Public Housing Authority (PHA) jurisdictions across the United States.  This "iMembers Portal" program is set to launch September 15, 2021.  (www.imembers.us)

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The Council Exchange Board of Trade Looking Forward Research & Development program office (CEBOT LFRD) is focusing on strengthening HBCUs through enhanced  institutional planning and development and infrastructure enhancements through private/public partnerships that include the use of technology.

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