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State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN)

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program convenes and facilitates the State Broadband Leaders Network (SBLN), a community of practitioners who work on state broadband initiatives. SBLN participants share priorities and best practices and discuss emerging telecommunications policy issues. The network also provides a forum to strengthen policy and program connections among states, local jurisdictions and federal agencies.

For more information on the SBLN, consult the SBLN Fact Sheet

State Broadband Programs

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State broadband website(s):

State broadband contact(s):

Broadband programs:

See below.

Funding for broadband:

Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund (ABAF): Established by the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act, as amended, this program is funded annually through the state’s education trust fund.  The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) administers the fund, which provides grant funding to expand broadband service in the state. This program provides $20 million in annual funding. For more information consult the website, email, or call (334) 242-5290.


Alabama Statewide Middle-Mile Network Program: Pursuant to Act No. 2022-1, the Alabama Statewide Middle-Mile Network Program provides $85 million of American Rescue Plan Act State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to expand middle-mile connectivity.


Alabama Anchor Institution/Middle-Mile Program (AIMM): Is a subaward program that will provide grants to support the deployment of middle-mile broadband infrastructure to anchor institution facilities (such as higher education, rural hospital, government, and public safety facilities) with an identified need for service, while facilitating the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of Alabama. Through the AIMM Program, ADECA intends to make necessary investments in broadband infrastructure resulting in the construction and operation of middle-mile fiber networks providing service to anchor institutions (Anchors or Anchor Institutions) with an identified need and facilitating last-mile broadband deployment and operations in unserved areas, thereby supporting the improvement and expansion of broadband network access to the citizens of Alabama.


Alabama Capital Projects Fund (CPF): A competitive subaward program that will provide grants to broadband service provider subrecipients. Specifically, the CPF will award grants to service provider subrecipients to support the deployment of last-mile broadband infrastructure that can deliver service that reliably meets or exceeds symmetrical download and upload speeds of 100 megabits per second (100/100 Mbps) in rural, unserved areas of Alabama.

State Broadband Plan:

Note on Methodology:

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publicly available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Fall 2022. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.