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Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

Overview

Middle mile infrastructure is any broadband infrastructure that does not connect directly to an end-user location. It is the "interstate highways of the Internet, carrying large amounts of data at high speeds to connect entire communities," as Assistant Secretary Davidson says.

The Middle Mile Grant Program provides funding for the expansion and extension of middle mile infrastructure across U.S. states and territories. In total, the program allocated $980 million to fund projects for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure covering more than 370 counties across 40 states and Puerto Rico in Summer 2023. 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.

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

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Post-Award Frequently Asked Questions

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Application Guidance

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Technical Assistance

Find information, technical assistance, and documentation to help manage your award.

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Program Archive

Need assistance with our programs? Visit our program support page for information about who to contact for each funding program.

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Press Releases

Keep up with all of the latest news and updates for this program. Visit the Press Release page.

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Blog

Need documents from past stages of the program? Visit the program archive for past FAQs, program documentation, and assistance sessions.

Scoring Big on Your Middle Mile Application Series: Understanding Review and Applicant Information

Why Middle Mile Matters

Middle mile infrastructure bridges the gap between where information is stored and the people interacting with it – it's an essential part of reliable, high-speed Internet access. Because of the nation’s middle mile networks, anyone in America can transfer data across the world, enabling community, competition, learning, and well-being.

IIJA Broadband Program Pre-NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar 2

On March 23, staff from NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth held the second technical assistance webinar prior to the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act broadband programs. On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This Act includes a significant investment of $65 billion to help close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to reliable, high speed, and affordable broadband.

IIJA Broadband Programs Pre-NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar 1

On March 9, staff from NTIA’s Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth held the first technical assistance webinar prior to the release of the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act broadband programs. On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This Act includes a significant investment of $65 billion to help close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans have access to reliable, high speed, and affordable broadband.

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