How the 2021 Infrastructure Bill Would Boost Broadband Access, Improve Conservation, and Mitigate Flooding Harm

Collected analyses of key evidence-based provisions in the legislation

Key Evidence-based Provisions in the Infrastructure Bill
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The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, passed by the Senate on Aug. 10, 2021, and the House of Representatives on [date], would make historic investments in evidence-based policy solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing policy challenges. The bill now heads to President Joe Biden for signature.

Key provisions of the act would address the devastating impacts of floods and other natural disasters; provide for greater broadband access, with an emphasis on underserved areas; and support sweeping protections for wildlife and public lands, including national parks. These measures will highlight the important role that research and data must play in helping shape America’s future. 

The resources collected on this page capture The Pew Charitable Trusts’ analysis of several key provisions of the legislation:

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What is the investment in broadband? Read More

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$65 billion for infrastructure, affordability, and adoption. Read More

Flood-Ready

How much is dedicated for resilient infrastructure? Read More

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$4.5 billion for two FEMA mitigation programs and billions more in new resilience grants. Read More

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What is provided to protect lands, rivers, and wildlife? Read More

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More than $2 billion in grant programs for river, parks, and migration priorities. Read More

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Agenda for America

Resources for federal, state, and local decision-makers

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

Broadband Access Initiative
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Broadband Access Initiative

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Broadband connects communities to an increasingly digital world. It has transformed industries, changed the way we access goods and services, and become an indispensable part of modern life. Yet despite more than two decades of public and private efforts to expand broadband access, gaps persist. Nearly 24 million Americans, mostly in rural areas, still lack a reliable high-speed connection.

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Floods

Flood-Ready Approach for Building and Rebuilding

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Losses from flood-related disasters across the United States have risen by more than $100 billion each decade since the 1980s, driven by increasingly severe weather, decay and neglect of infrastructure, and development in vulnerable areas.

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U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation

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The vitality of ecosystems and economies are intertwined in the American West, where healthy lands, rivers, and wildlife provide thriving, livable communities with clean water and air, food, and other essential needs. But habitat loss, landscape fragmentation, and disruption of rivers threaten to degrade the supply and quality of these critical resources even as demand for them grows with the population.