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What is BroadbandUSA?

Broadband is an essential component of modern life and a requirement for economic growth, education, health care, and public safety. Maximizing broadband coverage and meaningful use is an imperative for national and individual success. The BroadbandUSA program, housed within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), serves state, local, and Tribal governments, industry, and nonprofits that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion. BroadbandUSA promotes planning and funding efforts through solution-neutral guides and resources, hosting local and regional planning workshops that offer opportunities to convene with broadband stakeholders across the country, the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), and promoting interagency coordination.  

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Funding Programs

Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

A program to support government projects for broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption.

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

A program to fund the expansion and extension of middle mile infrastructure across U.S. states and territories. The ultimate purpose of this funding is to expand and strengthen U.S. high-speed Internet networks by reducing the cost of connecting areas that are unserved or underserved to the Internet backbone.

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

A program to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure, to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas.

Digital Equity Act Programs

Three programs that promote digital inclusion and equity to ensure all communities have the skills, technology and capacity for broadband.

Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP)

A program for states and broadband providers to support broadband infrastructure projects in areas lacking broadband access.

Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Program

A program to help colleges and institions serving minority and tribal communities purchase broadband equipment and hire technology personnel.

News and Blogs

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Hawaii’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposal

July 16, 2024
Hawaii Requested Access to BEAD Funds Totaling Over $149 Million  WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Hawaii’s Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, a cornerstone of… more

Important Ideas to Streamline Broadband Permitting and Support Internet for All Deployments

July 11, 2024
By Jill Springer, Senior Advisor, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, NTIA High-speed Internet service connects and builds communities, accelerates economic progress, and enhances public service capabilities. Installing broadband infrastructure can be complex due to permitting… more

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Maryland’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposal

July 10, 2024
Maryland Requested Access to BEAD Funds Totaling Over $267 Million WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Maryland’s Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, a cornerstone of… more

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Indiana’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposal

July 8, 2024
Indiana Requested Access to BEAD Funds Totaling Over $868 Million WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Indiana’s Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, a cornerstone of… more

FAQs

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband connectivity and… more

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the… more