Illinois Receives Federal Support for High-Speed Internet: A Step towards Digital Empowerment
As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ initiative, Illinois has been allocated over $1 billion for high-speed Internet access, marking a significant stride in bridging 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 Illinois
Illinois’s allocation comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. With an impressive $1,040,420,751.50 allocated, Illinois will manage local grant projects, stimulating potential job growth and sustainable economic progress.
Boosting Illinois’s Digital Progress and Economic Development
The funding is expected to facilitate wider participation in the digital economy, encourage local production of fiber-optic cable, and create job growth in the construction of Internet infrastructure.
High-Speed Internet: An Essential Component in Illinois
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, stated. This substantial investment by the Biden-Harris administration affirms their dedication to ensuring Internet access for all Illinois residents.
Illinois’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Illinois will receive $1,040,420,751.50 from the BEAD program. This crucial funding will be used to establish or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for every resident.
Looking to the Future: Driving Economic and Social Advancement in Illinois
Consistent with the principles of long-termism, this investment is predicted to catalyze economic and social growth in Illinois for years to come. Beyond immediate benefits, the initiative paves the way for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the Prairie State.
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|