Expanding High-Speed Internet in Idaho: Federal Support to Overcome Digital Divide
Idaho is set to receive over $583 million for high-speed Internet access as a significant part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative, addressing the digital divide.
“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’s Impact in Idaho
The allocation to Idaho comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. Idaho is tasked with managing $583,256,249.88 for local grant schemes, providing a platform for job creation and enduring economic growth.
Powering Idaho’s Digital Transition and Economic Prosperity
The funding is anticipated to widen inclusion in the digital economy, stimulate local fiber-optic cable manufacturing, and catalyze job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Fundamental Need in Idaho
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” said Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This considerable investment from the Biden-Harris administration underscores their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all Idaho residents.
Idaho’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Idaho is set to receive $583,256,249.88 from the BEAD program. This critical funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, making sure that every resident has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services.
Looking Ahead: Accelerating Economic and Social Evolution in Idaho
In line with the principles of long-termism, this investment is predicted to drive economic and social development in Idaho for the foreseeable future. Beyond immediate gains, the initiative sets the path for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the Gem State.
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|