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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|