State Broadband Programs


New Computer and Internet Use Data Can Sharpen Broadband Plans
Feb 19, 2019

As the importance of broadband connectivity continues to grow for economic development, state and local or regional planning commissions, such as the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and... more

American Broadband Initiative to Expand Connectivity for all Americans
Feb 13, 2019

by David Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Expanding America’s broadband connectivity is critical to our nation’s economy, and a top... more

Building a Stronger America: Rural Infrastructure for the 21st Century
Feb 13, 2019

Cross-posted from the White House. We have to make sure American farmers and their families, wherever they may be, wherever they may go, have the infrastructure projects that they need to... more

Closing the Rural Broadband Gap
Dec 14, 2018

By Douglas Kinkoph, Associate Administrator Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications NTIA has a long history of working to close the digital divide. Unfortunately, there are... more

Case Studies in Public-Private Partnership Driving Broadband Deployment
Dec 03, 2018

Many small communities across the country struggle to bring advanced broadband to their residents.  What they lack in size, they often make up with diversity of their economies, populations,... more

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BroadbandUSA Newsletter April 2019
Apr 01, 2019

Vol 4 | Issue 3 | April 2019 Download PDF version here . To sign up for BroadbandUSA’s newsletter, email . Cybersecurity Traing at Historically Black Colleges and... more

BroadbandUSA Newsletter March 2019
Mar 01, 2019

Vol 4 | Issue 2 | March 2019 Download PDF version here . To sign up for BroadbandUSA’s newsletter, email . American Broadband Initiative: The... more

BroadbandUSA Newsletter February 2019
Feb 05, 2019

Vol 4 | Issue 1 | February 2019 Download PDF version here.  To sign up for BroadbandUSA’s newsletter, email . Digital Divide Among School-Age Children... more

BroadbandUSA Newsletter December 2018
Dec 01, 2018

Vol 2 | Issue 12 | December 2018 Download PDF version here.  To sign up for BroadbandUSA’s newsletter, email . BroadbandUSA’s State Broadband Leadership... more

BroadbandUSA Newsletter November 2018
Nov 01, 2018

Volume 3 | Issue 11 | November 2018 Download PDF Version   To sign up for BroadbandUSA’s newsletter, email Transforming Rural Healthcare through... more

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:Why does broadband matter?

A: In the 21st century, broadband is basic infrastructure just as vital as roads and bridges, electrical lines and sewer systems. At the community level, an advanced telecommunications network is critical for driving growth, attracting new businesses, creating jobs and remaining competitive in the information-age economy. At the individual level, access to broadband - and the know-how to use it - opens the door to employment opportunities, educational resources, health care information, government services and social networks. In many cases, broadband is necessary for applying for a job or even completing a homework assignment. For more information, see infographic Why Does Broadband Matter? (PDF)

Q:What is NTIA?

A: 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 President on telecommunications and information policy issues. See About NTIA.