House Democrats Release Plan for Broadband Infrastructure Investment

 

WASHINGTON, DC — The Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives released a plan called Moving Forward Framework to address America's deteriorating infrastructure. It calls for major investments in all aspects of infrastructure including Broadband.

Broadband & Communications: $98 BILLION

This framework expands broadband internet service access to unserved and underserved rural, suburban and urban communities, supporting vulnerable communities, which will help strengthen the economy in communities that have been left behind. The bill also provides funding for broadband adoption, digital equity, and Next Generation 9-1-1.

Secure and Resilient Broadband Deployment of High-Speed Broadband: $80 BILLION

Invests $80 billion over five years to deploy secure and resilient broadband and expand access for communities nationwide. This investment would fund connections to the internet to unserved and underserved rural, suburban, and urban areas across the country. A high-speed internet connection is an essential part of life, and helps create stronger small businesses, more jobs, and a powerful economy in communities that have been left behind. Low-Interest Financing for Broadband Deployment – Invests $5 billion over five years for low-interest financing of broadband deployment through a new program that would allow eligible entities to apply for secured loans, lines of credit, or loan guarantees to finance broadband infrastructure build out projects. Digital Equity – Invests $540 million over five years to promote digital equity and build capacity for efforts by States relating to the adoption of broadband, and invests $600 million to support digital equity, promote digital inclusion activities, and spur greater adoption of broadband among covered populations.

 

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