Broadband Services Get $65 billion of Funding in 2021 Infrastructure Bill
- Nov 10, 2021 2:13 am GMT
- $65 billion of broadband funding is included in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including $45 billion of grants for expansion of broadband services through a Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program
- The Act contains $2 billion of grants to extend the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program and $18 billion of funding for other initiatives and cybersecurity
- The Act's goal is to bring broadband service to "unserved" and under-served areas.
- Broadband speed is defined as 25 megabits per second for downloads and 3 megabits per second for uploads.
The Infrastructure Bill Provides Deep Funding For Broadband Projects
The Senate passed the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) in July 2021, and the House passed a revised version in November 2021. After some final tweaks, the Act will become law. The Act contains over $1 trillion in grants and loans for highways, renewable energy, rail, electric vehicles, battery storage, electric grid resiliency, and other areas. The Act’s major broadband funding is a $45 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program that includes grants to expand broadband services. The broadband components are summarized in this article.
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