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Analysis on the 2021 Infrastructure Bill to Boost Internet Access

A $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that passed the US Senate in August would invest $65 billion in fast and reliable broadband infrastructure, affordability, and adoption. The Pew Charitable Trust has conducted some analysis on several key provisions. The broadband related funding in this bill demonstrates that Congress recognizes broadband as an essential utility, but states will be at the helm with $42.5 billion in block grants. It is expected that states will receive a minimum of $100 million, with the remaining funds to be administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The funds can be used for training and devices, affordability, and digital equity programs.