Massachusetts to Expand High-Speed Internet Coverage with Federal Funds: Narrowing the Digital Divide
The Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative sets Massachusetts to receive over $140 million for high-speed Internet access, marking a significant step towards 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 Massachusetts
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program provides Massachusetts with an allocation of $147,422,464.39. The state can now administer local grant programs, fostering potential job creation and sustainable economic growth.
Boosting Massachusetts’s Digital Transformation and Economic Expansion
This funding is anticipated to enhance participation in the digital economy, promote local fiber-optic cable manufacturing, and stimulate job growth in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Core Necessity in Massachusetts
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” noted Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator. This substantial investment by the Biden-Harris administration affirms their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all residents of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
Massachusetts will receive $147,422,464.39 from the BEAD program. This funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for everyone in the Bay State.
Looking Forward: Fostering Economic and Social Development in Massachusetts
Adhering to long-termist principles, this investment is expected to stimulate economic and social advancement in Massachusetts for years to come. Beyond immediate benefits, the initiative charts a course for a brighter, more digitally interconnected future for Massachusetts.
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|