The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) awarded 13 grants as part of the Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP). These grants total more than $277 million; they’ll be used to connect over 133,000 unserved households.
The BIP was designed to support broadband infrastructure deployment in unserved markets, especially rural areas. The grants were awarded to 12 states and one territory: Georgia, Guam, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. Read the grant details here.
NTIA is under the Department of Commerce. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the grants represent the administration’s commitment to closing the digital divide. “Thanks to the Infrastructure Law, we now have the opportunity to connect every unserved household in the country, ensuring that all Americans are able to participate in our 21st century economy. This is not only a win for American families who need and deserve high-speed, affordable internet for remote learning and telehealth services, but this also presents an incredible opportunity for American businesses and will make our country more competitive globally.”
The Infrastructure Law provides a $65 billion investment to expand broadband in communities across the U.S. NTIA is preparing to launch a series of new grant programs funded by the law that the agency says will build broadband infrastructure across the country, create more low-cost broadband service options, and address digital equity and inclusion needs.
Alan Davidson, newly installed NTIA Administrator, called the grants “a great first-step” in connecting every American to affordable, high-speed broadband service. “We are eager to work with grantees who will help us deploy broadband infrastructure to areas that have lacked it for too long.”
By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief