Federal Support Boosts High-Speed Internet in Iowa: Bridging the Digital Gap
As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s ‘Investing in America’ agenda, Iowa has been allocated over $415 million for high-speed Internet access, taking a significant step towards closing 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 Iowa
Iowa’s allocation comes from the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. With $415,331,313.00 allocated, Iowa will oversee local grant programs, stimulating potential job growth and sustainable economic development.
Empowering Iowa’s Digital Evolution and Economic Growth
The funding is expected to expand participation in the digital economy, encourage local fiber-optic cable production, and catalyze job growth in Internet infrastructure construction.
High-Speed Internet: A Vital Resource in Iowa
“High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society,” Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, stated. This significant investment by the Biden-Harris administration reiterates their commitment to ensuring Internet access for all Iowa residents.
Iowa’s BEAD Funding Allocation
Iowa will receive $415,331,313.00 from the BEAD program. This crucial funding will be used to deploy or upgrade broadband networks, ensuring access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet services for every resident.
Looking to the Future: Stimulating Economic and Social Advancement in Iowa
Following the principles of long-termism, this investment is predicted to foster economic and social growth in Iowa for years to come. Beyond immediate benefits, the initiative lays the groundwork for a brighter, more digitally connected future for the Hawkeye 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|