Transforming High-Speed Internet in California: A New Federal Initiative
California is set to receive over $1.8 billion for high-speed Internet access from the Biden-Harris administration as part of the transformative ‘Investing in America’ agenda, aiming to bridge the digital divide across the state.
“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.
The Role of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program in California
The allocation to California comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. The state will manage $1,864,136,508.93 for local grant programs, unlocking opportunities for job creation and sustainable economic growth.
Ushering in a Digital and Economic Renaissance in California
The investment will amplify engagement in the digital economy, encourage local fiber-optic cable production, and stimulate job growth in Internet infrastructure development.
High-Speed Internet: An Essential Service in Modern-Day California
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” underscored Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. The Biden-Harris administration’s robust investment emphasizes their dedication to making Internet access a reality for every Californian.
California’s BEAD Funding Allocation
California is set to receive $1,864,136,508.93 from the BEAD program. This crucial funding will enable the deployment or upgrading of broadband networks, securing access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service.
Anticipating the Long-Term: Driving Economic and Social Progress in California
The long-term benefits of this investment are anticipated to drive economic and social development in California for the foreseeable future. Rooted in the principles of long-termism, this initiative offers not only immediate improvements but a blueprint for a brighter, more connected future for California.
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|