How Does the U.S. Government Address Broadband Access?

Research on federal policies and guidelines for high-speed, affordable internet connectivity

The federal government has directed billions of dollars toward increasing the availability and decreasing the costs of broadband in the past decade, especially for low-income and other underserved households. Most recently, federal funds have come through provisions in recent legislation, particularly the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020. Federal policymakers allocate funds, set guidelines for how the money can be spent, provide oversight, and determine desired goals or expected outcomes.

The resources collected here look at the role of federal policies and how federal dollars are spent. 

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Infrastructure Bill Includes Historic Broadband Provisions

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A sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Aug. 10 would invest $65 billion in fast and reliable broadband infrastructure, affordability, and adoption. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for roads, high-speed rail, and other projects.

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Using Pandemic Relief Funds to Boost Broadband Access

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As states start to allocate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), enacted in March, many policymakers are using some of the new resources to fund broadband expansion, by increasing funding for existing programs or establishing new ones.

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