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The year-end omnibus legislation included several broadband and connectivity expansion bills. The following will be implemented by NTIA.
Three new grant programs:
Tribal BroadbandConnectivity Program. A $1 billion program directed to tribal governments to be used for broadband deployment on tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion.
Broadband Infrastructure Program. A $300 million broadband deployment program directed to partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas.
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. A $285 million grant program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the purchase of broadband internet access service and eligible equipment or to hire and train information technology personnel.
|Resource Type:||funding resource, technical assistance, data source, organization|
|Subtopic:||funding & financing, infrastructure & communications,|
|Tags:||broadband, Internet, rural communities, tribal community, infrastructure|
Idaho Access Project
The Idaho Access Project (IAP) works to address physical, attitudinal, and policy barriers; inform planning and design; and create safe, inclusive cities for all. The IAP provides plan review, consultation and technical assistance for government and private sector partners. Members of the IAP combine extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, and the Fair Housing Act with skills in housing, community and economic development; transportation; land-use planning and rural engagement.
|Resource Type:||technical assistance, consultant or business, plan review, planning and design, planning guide|
|Subtopic:||access & mobility, planning,|
|Tags:||Inclusive communities, rural communities, infrastructure, public health, public safety, transportation, residential development, disability rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504, fair housing, recreation, connectivity, transit|