NTIA’s $288 Million Broadband Infrastructure Program Receives More Than $2.5 Billion in Funding Requ
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) received more than 230 applications for the Broadband Infrastructure Program, for a total of more than $2.5 billion in funding requests across 49 states and U.S. territories. The $288 million grant program, which was funded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, will award funds to partnerships between a state, or political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service. The program’s application window closed on Tuesday, August 17. NTIA will be reviewing the applications, with priority given to applications with proposed projects that:
- Provide broadband service to the greatest number of households in an eligible service area;
- Provide broadband service to rural areas;
- Are most cost-effective in providing broadband service; or
- Provide broadband service with a download speed of at least 100 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 20 Mbps.