The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $65 billion to expand broadband access and affordability, and imposes new regulatory requirements on the broadband market.
- In early May the Biden administration announced the creation of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), securing private sector commitments that will lower high-speed internet costs for millions of American families. As part of this initiative, the Administration launched GetInternet.gov, a simple, easy-to-use website with details on how Americans can sign up for ACP and find participating internet providers in their area.
- The FCC has established September 1, 2022 as the deadline for service providers to submit broadband availability data for inclusion in the long awaited update to the national broadband map.
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC) outlined the details of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
- FCC’s current collection of maps identifying broadband coverage (Note: the FCC is in the process of updating those maps)
- National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) schedule of public listening sessions on IIJA broadband funding.
- NTIA’s Request for Comments on the implementation of IIJA broadband programs (Note: comments are due February 4).
- U.S. Chamber comments on the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program
- U.S. Chamber comments to NTIA on Implementation of Broadband Programs
New and Existing Broadband Access Programs
- $42.5 billion for Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program (Grant program providing formula funding to states for broadband deployment)
- $2 billion for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (An existing program to enable broadband access in tribal communities)
- $1 billion for middle mile broadband (Infrastructure that does not connect to an end-user)
- $2.75 billion for Digital Equity Act (Grants to states and non-profit entities for digital inclusion)
- $14.2 billion for the Affordable Connectivity Program (Support for low-income individuals to affordable broadband services).
- Requires the FCC to initiate a rulemaking to adopt consumer broadband labels.
- Requires the FCC to conduct a rulemaking on digital discrimination.
- Directs the FCC to conduct an assessment of the future of the Universal Service Fund and broadband affordability.
- Directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the appropriate broadband speed thresholds.
- Requires the FCC to develop an online tool to track federal broadband investments.
Rebuilding America: The Next Phase of Infrastructure
Learn more about the long-term, sustainable investments that will unlock our economy’s growth potential and productive capacity in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.