Plugging In: Broadband Appropriations Under H.R. 133

2/18/21 11:08 AM

Even after years of network infrastructure investment by both the public and private sectors, millions of geographically remote and lower-income American households still lack access to high-speed broadband. As a result of this connectivity divide, these populations face economic, healthcare, and educational disadvantages in an increasingly digital modern world. To help further bridge this access gap, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) allocates more than $7.7 billion of the total $2.3 trillion appropriations toward existing and new broadband development programs. These will be administered primarily by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and will aim to improve access to high-speed broadband by addressing the geographic and affordability issues limiting availability and prioritizing those populations facing the greatest access challenges.

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