"Beyond the Walls" Awards: 

Proposals Due March 6 

Libraries wishing to participate now have less than two weeks until the deadline for submissions.

We wish thank those who are already participating by sending in their questions and ideas; taking the self-paced course; and particularly those who have initiated proposals. These drafts can be edited up until the midnight cutoff: March 6. 

The Team will then reach out to help clarify and develop the most promising plans. Five winning proposals will be announced in April. 

We are heartened by the quality and originality of proposals already submitted. Libraries are exhibiting impressive levels of collaboration with other community institutions in planning TV WhiteSpace projects. Especially gratifying is the prevalence of partnerships with schools in support of after-hours student connectivity needs. 

Many other ideas have been submitted on new ways to explore the potential for TV WhiteSpace wireless units to quickly expand access to vital public services. What's yours?!

Best Regards,

Beyond the Walls Team 


Tens of millions of people in the U.S. rely solely or in part on public libraries to access Internet. Libraries are crucial in connecting communities. With TV WhiteSpace technology people can connect beyond library walls. The “Beyond The Walls” Awards will provide five $15,000 grants to libraries for the most innovative proposals to use TV WhiteSpace (TVWS) technologies to enable new library hotspots in the service of their communities.

TVWS uses the unused spectrum in the TV bands. It can deliver broadband to a hotspot miles away, even passing through trees, buildings or other obstructions. Installing TVWS hotspots can improve your community’s resilience by adding another communication capability for disaster preparedness.

Are you a library interested in applying? Watch this 2 minute prelimanary checklist video to see if your library qualifies.

The first round of applications will be considered on a rolling basis with March 6 as the first round cutoff. If your library meets the necessary criteria, we will work with you to put together a project plan. Winners will be announced at the end of April 2017. 

The application will open February 6, 2017. You will be able to edit your answers at any time.

Also follow along online with #BeyondTheWalls and @GigLibraries!

Email info@giglibraries.net if you have any questions. 

Apply Here

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