Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the city is beginning a Community Internet Program (CIP) that would give internet service providers (ISP) free access to city-owned rooftops in exchange for providing high-speed internet at low or no-cost as part of the Affordable Connectivity Program.
California has awarded several new contracts that will supply the materials necessary for building 3,000 miles of broadband infrastructure, taking the state one step closer to delivering affordable high-speed internet service to communities throughout California.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has released a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) for its $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program that will provide broadband access grants to underserved or unserved communities.
The Delaware state Department of Technology and Information (DTI) on May 5 announced two new key appointments – Jordan Schulties as chief of administration, and Tammy Shelton as Delaware broadband infrastructure grant manager.
The White House said today it has lined up 20 service providers that will offer high-speed broadband service within the price points set forth in the government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), and also went live with a Federal website that people can use to find the services.
The Federal Communications Commission said on May 4 it will commit another $39 million of Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) to help schools expand broadband access and the purchase of devices for students.
State and local governments (SLGs) have primarily utilized funds made available by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to develop broadband infrastructure, but another significant broadband infrastructure funding opportunity available to SLGs seems to have been overshadowed.
States can officially start submitting funding requests for their broadband expansion needs starting May 16 when the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) plans to release a funding opportunity, said NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson.
Pew Charitable Trusts has founded a new five-member broadband alliance, Opportunity Broadband, designed to ensure that investments in closing the digital divide and providing universal, affordable broadband are rolled out in an equitable way, the trust announced.
The state of Delaware is investing $56 million in Broadband Infrastructure Grants to begin making high-speed, wired broadband connections available statewide.