Democratic US infrastructure plan includes $20 billion for broadband

There’s so much Minnesota news, I often try to stay focused on what’s happening here but certain headlines catch the eye – such as Democratic infrastructure plan includes $20 billion for broadband – which I read in Speed Matters. Here are the details from the article…

Democratic Senators announced a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that includes $20 billion for broadband buildout. The proposal, A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, would create more than 15 million jobs over the next ten years. …

“This funding will be available to projects currently eligible under programs at both the Department of Commerce and the US Department of Agriculture,”  the plan says. “We also propose expanding the programs to enable grant recipients to use grant funds to deploy various types of infrastructure capable of offering, middle-mile, last-mile wired and wireless broadband access, and adding evaluation criteria in the awards process to ensure that the funding goes to the most effective and efficient uses.” 

I know that Trump has also mentioned infrastructure investment – and broadband has also made his shortlist.

It’s certainly not a firm promise – but on the other hand certainly seems promising!

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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