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Frequently Asked Questions

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband connectivity and… more

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the… more

NTIA serves as the principal Executive branch advisor to the President on telecommunications issues. As part of this mission, the agency co-chairs the … more

With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act,2021, NTIA will implement the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Grant Program, the Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Grant Program, and the… more

Through the State Broadband Leadership Network (SBLN), BroadbandUSA can connect you with state officials working to further broadband access in their state. NTIA… more

The NTIA Minority Broadband Initiative is part of NTIA’s initiative to increase minority… more

BroadbandUSA is working to improve digital inclusion by:

  • Guiding communities through broadband planning and digital literacy efforts via group technical assistance, tools, and… more

BroadbandUSA hosts monthly webinars on topics of interest to a variety of stakeholders. To find out more about the monthly webinar, click here. If you would… more

BroadbandUSA staff attends events across the country to speak about the importance of broadband and share best practices and lessons learned. To request an NTIA speaker, please contact … more

BroadbandUSA hosts and co-hosts regional workshops throughout the year to bring together state, local and federal officials, regional and rural Internet service providers, community leaders,… more

In the 21st century, broadband is basic infrastructure just as vital as roads and bridges, electrical lines and sewer systems. At the community level, an advanced telecommunications network is… more

In a 2024 report examining the state of broadband deployment in the United States, the Federal… more

When a user connects to the Internet, the download speed is the rate at which data (websites, videos, music, etc.) is transferred from another source to the device. Upload speed is the rate at… more

NTIA defines Digital Inclusion as individual- and community-level access to robust broadband connections; Internet-enabled devices that meet their needs; and the skills to explore, create and… more

According to 2019 data from NTIA’s Internet Use Survey, 79 percent of Americans are using the Internet from any location, up from 71… more

People cite many reasons why they do not use broadband. However, the five most common broadband adoption barriers are: cost, access, skills, relevance and perception. (See BroadbandUSA’s Removing… more

Broadband allows students to take online courses and access cutting-edge research at schools and universities throughout the world. With broadband, Advanced Placement classes and foreign language… more

Access to broadband is transforming health care. Telemedicine expands access to health care services, particularly for people living in rural areas with few medical facilities and not enough… more

NTIA has published a Broadband Adoption Toolkit to share best practices and tips to help communities… more

BroadbandUSA’s Technical Assistance staff can provide recommendations for public and private financial resources, as well as opportunities to develop public private partnerships, that would meet… more

  • A broadband advisor to the mayor of Baltimore met with BroadbandUSA and requested guidance on how the city should invest funds to support projects that would increase local broadband… more

BroadbandUSA offers a variety of webinars to share best practices and offer technical assistance. To learn more about upcoming topics that might interest you and your community, please visit the … more