The US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced the availability of USD288 million in grant funding for the deployment of broadband infrastructure. Grants will be awarded to partnerships between a state, or political subdivisions of a state, and fixed broadband service providers. The NTIA’s ‘Broadband Infrastructure Program’ was established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The NTIA says it will accept applications for projects that are designed to:
· Provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area;
· Provide broadband service to rural areas;
· Be most cost-effective in providing broadband service; or
· Provide broadband service with a download speed of at least 100Mbps and an upload speed of at least 20Mbps.