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What is BroadbandUSA?

Broadband is an essential component of modern life and a requirement for economic growth, education, health care, and public safety. Maximizing broadband coverage and meaningful use is an imperative for national and individual success. The BroadbandUSA program, housed within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), serves state, local, and Tribal governments, industry, and nonprofits that seek to expand broadband connectivity and promote digital inclusion. BroadbandUSA promotes planning and funding efforts through solution-neutral guides and resources, hosting local and regional planning workshops that offer opportunities to convene with broadband stakeholders across the country, the National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM), and promoting interagency coordination.  

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Funding Programs

Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

A program to support government projects for broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption.

Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

A program to fund the expansion and extension of middle mile infrastructure across U.S. states and territories. 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.

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

A program to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure, to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas.

Digital Equity Act Programs

Three programs that promote digital inclusion and equity to ensure all communities have the skills, technology and capacity for broadband.

Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP)

A program for states and broadband providers to support broadband infrastructure projects in areas lacking broadband access.

Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) Program

A program to help colleges and institions serving minority and tribal communities purchase broadband equipment and hire technology personnel.

News and Blogs

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Colorado and New Hampshire’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposals

June 11, 2024
Two States Requested Access to BEAD Funds Totaling Over $1 billion  WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Colorado and New Hampshire’s Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (… more

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month: A Q+A with Angela Thi Bennett

May 30, 2024
By: Maya C. James This month, NTIA celebrated Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month with the theme “Bridging Histories, Shaping Our Future.” We close out this month by chatting with Angela Thi Bennett, NTIA’s first-ever Director of Digital Equity. Tell me… more

Biden-Harris Administration Approves Pennsylvania’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposal

May 14, 2024
Pennsylvania is Now Authorized to Request Access to BEAD Funds Totaling Over $1.1 Billion WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Pennsylvania’s Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD… more

Biden-Harris Administration Approves District of Columbia, Delaware and Washington’s “Internet for All” Initial Proposal

May 9, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 09, 2024 News Media Contact NTIA, Office of Public Affairs WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved the District of Columbia, Delaware and Washington state’s Initial Proposals for the… more