Addressing Mississippi’s Digital Gap: Over $1.2 Billion Federal Investment in High-Speed Internet
Mississippi has been granted over $1.2 billion by the Biden-Harris administration for high-speed Internet services, signaling a significant move towards eliminating the state’s 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 on Mississippi
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program is awarding Mississippi $1,203,561,563.05 to administer local grant programs that can spur job creation and stimulate economic growth.
Harnessing the Power of High-Speed Internet for Mississippi’s Advancement
The funding will boost Mississippi’s digital economy, promote local production of fiber-optic cable, and create jobs in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: No Longer a Luxury in Mississippi
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” as per Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. The Biden-Harris administration’s investment underscores their commitment to bridging the digital divide in Mississippi.
Breakdown of BEAD Funding for Mississippi
Mississippi will receive $1,203,561,563.05 from the BEAD program to enhance broadband networks, ensuring affordable, high-speed Internet service for all.
A New Dawn for Mississippi’s Economic and Social Progress
Guided by long-termist principles, this significant funding is anticipated to fuel Mississippi’s economic and social progression for the years to come, laying a strong foundation for a more connected and prosperous future.
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|