The Biden administration has its $45 billion effort to bring affordable and reliable high-speed broadband internet access to everyone in the US by 2030. The Internet for All funding is part of the $65 billion earmarked for broadband in the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Beginning today, states and entities can apply for funding through three Internet for All Programs.
“In the 21st century, you simply cannot participate in the economy if you don’t have access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who is overseeing the distribution of the funds, said. “America will not be held back because of a lackluster high-speed internet connection, thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. We will ensure that every American has access to technology to allow them to go to class, start small businesses, visit their doctor, and take part in the modern economy .
States could use the funding for fiber-optic cables to run more Wi-Fi networks, or even free broadband internet access. The launch of the program follows that the Biden administration has teamed up with 20 providers to offer subsidized internet service to low-income households.
Most Internet for All funding will come from the . All states and territories must file a letter indicating their intent and a budget to receive planning funds. They will then be awarded $5 million in planning funds that will help them create a five-year plan outlining how they will provide internet access for all residents.
Each state that takes part in the program will receive at least $100 million from the BEAD pot of $42.5 billion. The Federal Communications Commission will release updated coverage maps this fall. After that, funding allocations are made in part based upon these maps .