Broadband Funding Tracker

I. Broadband Infrastructure Program
II. Capital Projects Fund
III. Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program
IV. Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
V. INVEST in America Act    a. Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program   b. Digital Equity Act of 2021   c. Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure   d. Affordable Connectivity Program 

Broadband Infrastructure Program

The Broadband Infrastructure Program is a broadband deployment program directed to partnerships between a state, or one or more political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to support broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband, especially rural areas. 



Capital Projects Fund

The Capital Projects Fund was established to carry out critical capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. 



Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program makes grants available to eligible entities, which include a Tribal Government, a Tribal College or University, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Community, including Native Hawaiian Education Programs, a Tribal organization, or an Alaskan Native Corporation, for the deployment and adoption of broadband service on Tribal Land and for programs that promote the use of broadband to access remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic.  



Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

The Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program is a grant program to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the purchase of broadband internet access service and eligible equipment or to hire and train information technology personnel. 



Invest in America Act

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program

  • $42,500,000,000 administered by the NTIA
  • Each state would receive a minimum of $100,000,000
  • Use of Funds:
    • Unserved service projects and underserved service projects
    • Connecting eligible community anchor institutions.  An eligible” community anchor institution is defined as one that lacks access to gigabit service
    • Data collection, broadband mapping, and planning;
    • Installing broadband infrastructure or providing reduced-cost service within a multi-family residential building, with priority given to a building that has a substantial share” of unserved households or that is in a designated poverty area; and
    • Broadband adoption, including programs to provide affordable devices.
  • Broadband Service Standards: not less than 100Mbps/20Mbps



Digital Equity Act of 2021

  • $1,300,000,000 over 5 years, administered by the NTIA
  • The State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program - $60,000,000 for planning grants to be made available to States for the development of State Digital Equity Plans 
  • The Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program - $250,000,000 for each of the first 5 fiscal years in which funds are made available to a wide variety of public-sector and not-for-profit entities. Funds may be used for a range of digital inclusion and broadband adoption activities.



Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure

  • $1,000,000,000 administered by the NTIA
  • NTIA to make grants available on a technology-neutral, competitive basis to eligible entities for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure.”
  • Middle Mile Infrastructure: any broadband infrastructure that does not connect directly to an end-user location, including an anchor institution
  • Funds to remain available through September 30, 2026



Affordable Connectivity Program 

  • $14,200,000,000 grant program administered by the Federal Communications Commission
  • Extension and modification of Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
    • The benefit is reduced from $50 per month to $30 per month
    • Eligibility is expanded
    • Internet service providers are now required to allow customers to apply the benefit to any internet service offering they have



Build Back Better Bill