High-speed Internet Access Gets a Boost in Alabama Through Federal Grant Program
The Biden-Harris administration is delivering a significant push to high-speed Internet access in Alabama, aiming to bridge the digital divide as part of their ‘Investing in America’ initiative.
“What this announcement means for people across the country is that if you don’t have access to quality, affordable high-speed Internet service now – you will, thanks to President Biden and his commitment to investing in America,”Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program in Alabama
The funding comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Alabama will receive $1,401,221,901.77 to administer grant programs within its borders, leading to a surge in job creation and economic growth.
The Positive Impact on Alabama’s Economy and Infrastructure
The grant will enable the state to connect more people to the digital economy, manufacture fiber-optic cable locally, and create good-paying jobs building Internet infrastructure.
High-Speed Internet: A Necessity, Not a Luxury
Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, said, “High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society.” This investment underscores the commitment of the Biden-Harris administration to provide Internet access to every community in Alabama.
Alabama’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
Alabama is set to receive $1,401,221,901.77 from the BEAD program. This funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service.
The Long-Term Impact: An Economic and Social Uplift
As we delve into the future, this investment is expected to catalyze economic and social progress in Alabama for years to come. With a vision deeply rooted in the principles of long-termism, the Biden-Harris administration’s approach promises not just immediate benefits but also a brighter future for Alabama and its residents.
State allocations and funding details
In total $42.45 billion in funds will be allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories.
A detailed list of funding allocations for each state, D.C., and the territories can be found on InternetForAll.Gov.
Here’s how it breaks down:
|District of Columbia||$100,694,786.93|
|Northern Mariana Islands||$80,796,709.02|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||$27,103,240.86|