ICYMI: POTUS Announces $257 Million Investment In Maryland’s High-Speed Internet Infrastructure
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2023
PRESS CONTACT: Eileen Garcia, [email protected]
ICYMI: PRESIDENT BIDEN ANNOUNCES $267 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MARYLAND’S HIGH-SPEED INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, President Biden kicked off the second round of the White House’s Investing in America tour with the announcement of over $40 billion in funding allocations to each U.S. state, territory, and D.C. for high-speed internet infrastructure — including a historic $267,738,400 million investment for the state of Maryland. The funding comes from the Department of Commerce’s $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program, which represents the largest single investment in high-speed internet in history.
“High-speed Internet access is not a luxury — it is a necessity for all Marylanders,” said Eileen Garcia, spokesperson for Building Back Together. “In an age where Americans need Internet access to do their jobs, finish their homework, or get access to the health care they need, this historic investment from the Biden-Harris Administration will help ensure that every Maryland family has the resources they need to thrive.”
Read more about President Biden’s historic investment in affordable, high-speed Internet:
CNBC: Biden announces $42 billion high-speed internet initiative
President Joe Biden is kicking off a more than $42 billion plan to give every American household access to high-speed internet by 2030. The funds, already allotted by Congress through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, are slated to be divvied up over the next two years through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program. The initiative is the next stage of Biden’s push to invest in America ahead of his reelection bid.
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President Joe Biden on Monday said that high-speed internet is no longer a luxury but an “absolute necessity,” as he pledged that every household in the nation would have access by 2030 using cables made in the U.S
Washington Post: Biden announces $42 billion to expand high-speed internet access
President Biden on Monday announced more than $42 billion in new federal funding to expand high-speed internet access nationwide, commencing the largest-ever campaign to help an estimated 8.5 million families and small businesses finally take advantage of modern-day connectivity.
ABC News: Biden announces how $40 billion for high-speed internet will be used, as he pitches ‘Bidenomics’
The funding will go to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories, and is aimed at bolstering internet access particularly for the 7% of people who live in underserved areas, according to the White House, which said all residents and small business could be connected to “reliable, affordable high-speed internet by 2030.”
CNN Business: Here’s how much each state will get in the $42.5 billion broadband infrastructure plan
The BEAD program marks one of the largest-ever infusions of federal money for bringing disconnected households and businesses online. And it reflects months of work by the US government to design new and updated broadband maps showing which areas of the country remain unserved or under-served.
Forbes: Biden Announces $40 Billion For High-Speed Internet Access: How The White House Is Pushing ‘Bidenomics’
The program will target underserved areas, often rural communities, where internet providers have been reluctant to invest in expensive projects to serve a small number of people.
Reuters: US to spend $42 billion to make internet access universal by 2030
Texas and California – the two most populous U.S. states – top the funding list at $3.1 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively. But other, less populous states like Virginia, Alabama and Louisiana cracked the top 10 list for funding due to lack of broadband access. These states have large rural areas with less internet connectivity than their major cities.
The Verge: White House announces $40 billion in broadband funding
The funding, authorized in Biden’s 2021 bipartisan infrastructure package, will be distributed proportionally to states based on need with each state receiving at least $100 million. Monday’s allocations were made using broadband coverage maps that were recently updated to include more than one million new locations.