Minnesota to Expand High-Speed Internet Services with Federal Funding: Addressing the Digital Divide
Under the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative, Minnesota is set to receive over $650 million for high-speed Internet access, a pivotal step in narrowing 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 Role in Minnesota
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program is providing Minnesota with an allocation of $651,839,368.20. This empowers the state to administer local grant programs, opening doors for job creation and sustainable economic growth.
Catalyzing Minnesota’s Digital Progress and Economic Advancement
This funding is set to enhance participation in the digital economy, stimulate local fiber-optic cable manufacturing, and drive job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Fundamental Need in Minnesota
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” noted Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This significant investment by the Biden-Harris administration reiterates their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all residents of Minnesota.
Minnesota’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
Minnesota will receive $651,839,368.20 from the BEAD program. This funding will be used to upgrade or establish broadband networks, ensuring reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for everyone in the North Star State.
Looking Ahead: Driving Economic and Social Progress in Minnesota
In line with long-termist principles, this investment is expected to propel economic and social development in Minnesota for years to come. Beyond immediate gains, the initiative lays the groundwork for a brighter, more digitally connected future for Minnesota.
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|