The US Presidential Administration began allocating funds for the Internet for All initiative. This initiative, which has a budget of $45 Billion, aims to provide a reliable, high-speed Internet connection to all citizens of the country by 2030.
The Infrastructure Act is implementing the initiative. It provides for measures to promote comprehensive technological development in the United States. A budget of $1 billion, $65 billion, is allotted for broadband.
The initiative’s three programs allow state governments and non-profit organizations to apply for public funding. This money will be used for the construction of fiber optic backbones and expansion of Wi-Fi networks. It will also provide free access to broadband Internet to certain populations. Additionally, the administration reached an agreement to provide subsidized services for low income households with 20 companies.
The Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program (BEAD) will receive most of the funds. Each state that participates in the program will be eligible to receive at least $100 millions from BEAD’s $42.5 million budget. The FCC will prepare the latest broadband coverage maps by fall to guide fund allocation decisions.
Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program, which provides broadband communications for the purchase, creation and upgrade of equipment, will receive $1 billion. Another $1.5 billion will be allocated to the Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program for broadband communications to create, purchase, or upgrade equipment.