Inception of High-Speed Internet Era in D.C.: A Federal Initiative Spearheads
The District of Columbia is set to receive over $100 million for high-speed Internet access, a critical component of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ program aimed at reducing 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 D.C.
The allocation to D.C. is a part of the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. The District is responsible for managing $100,694,786.93 for local grant programs, setting the stage for job creation and long-lasting economic development.
Accelerating D.C.’s Digital Ascendancy and Economic Prosperity
The funding is expected to facilitate engagement in the digital economy, stimulate local fiber-optic cable manufacturing, and boost job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Modern Essential in D.C.
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” observed Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This considerable investment from the Biden-Harris administration underscores their commitment to making Internet access ubiquitous for all D.C. residents.
D.C.’s BEAD Funding Allocation
D.C. is set to receive $100,694,786.93 from the BEAD program. This vital funding will be leveraged to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring that everyone has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service.
Anticipating the Long-Term: Fuelling Economic and Social Progress in D.C.
This investment, guided by the principles of long-termism, is projected to stimulate economic and social development in D.C. for the foreseeable future. Apart from immediate benefits, the initiative paves the way for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the District.
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|