High-Speed Internet Access in Montana: Over $628 Million Set to Bridge the Digital Gap
As part of a nationwide initiative, Montana is receiving over $628 million from the Biden-Harris administration to bolster high-speed Internet services and bridge 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 on Montana
The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program is bestowing Montana with a sizeable allocation of $628,973,798.59. These funds will be used to implement local grant programs, bolster job creation, and spur economic growth in Montana.
Powering Montana’s Digital Economy and Infrastructure
The BEAD funding will drive Montana’s engagement with the digital economy, stimulate the manufacturing of fiber-optic cable, and create job opportunities in the Internet infrastructure sector.
High-Speed Internet: A Fundamental Necessity in Montana
As Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Coordinator, puts it, “High-speed Internet is a necessity in today’s society.” This significant investment underscores the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to universal Internet access in Montana.
Montana’s BEAD Funding Breakdown
The BEAD program is providing Montana with $628,973,798.59. These funds will be deployed to upgrade or establish broadband networks, ensuring affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service for every Montanan.
A Future-Forward Look: Fostering Long-term Economic and Social Growth in Montana
In line with the principles of long-termism, this major investment will foster immediate benefits and secure Montana’s economic and social growth for the foreseeable future, creating a digitally inclusive future for all residents.
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|