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NTIA Announces $45 Billion “Internet for All” Initiative

May 13, 2022

The Biden-Harris Administration’s Internet for All initiative will invest $45 billion to provide affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet for everyone in America by the end of the decade. The initiative will be administered and implemented by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The programs will build Internet infrastructure, teach digital skills, and provide necessary technology to ensure that everyone in America–including communities of color, rural communities, and older Americans–has the access and skills they need to fully participate in today’s society.

The Internet for All program launched today with three Notices of Funding Opportunities:

To participate in the BEAD Program, states and other eligible entities must submit a letter of intent and a planning funds budget, which will unlock $5 million in planning funds and allow states to begin creating their five-year action plan. Each state will have direct support from dedicated NTIA staff through every step of the process. Each participating state is guaranteed a minimum $100 million allocation, with additional funding determinations made based on the forthcoming coverage maps from the Federal Communications Commission.

The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program will award grants on a technology-neutral, competitive basis to eligible entities for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle-mile infrastructure. Today’s launch of the State Digital Equity Planning Grant Program kicks off a series of Digital Equity Act steps that will invest $1.5 billion to heighten adoption and use, like digital literacy training, for those who need it most, including communities of color, rural communities, and older Americans.

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