Vermont Joins the National Internet for All Initiative - Vermont Base

Vermont Joins the National Internet for All Initiative – Vermont Base

It will provide high speed, reliable and affordable internet to everyone

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced that Vermont has signed on to participate in the “Internet for All” initiative, which will invest $65 billion to provide high-speed, reliable and affordable Internet. For everyone in America by the end of the decade.

Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and administered by NTIA, Internet for All Programs will build Internet infrastructure, teach digital skills, and provide the technology needed to ensure that everyone in America—including communities of color, rural communities, and older Americans—has the access and skills they need to fully participate in society. today.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act investments in high-speed broadband are essential to the economic revitalization of all of our communities, especially rural communities and previously abandoned county economic centers,” said Governor Scott. “These investments are also essential for countries like mine that need to retain and attract more workers and families. I look forward to working with Minister Raimondo and the entire team at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to expand this vital economic infrastructure – and the economic equality it offers to smaller, more rural communities – across the board. community and to every home in our state.”

The Internet for All programs launched earlier this month with three notifications of funding opportunities:

  • Equality, Access and Dissemination (BEAD) Broadband Program ($42.5 billion);
  • Enable the Medium Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program ($1 billion); And the,
  • Government digital equity law programs ($1.5 billion).

“Generations before us brought electricity to rural America and built interstate highways,” said Alan Davidson, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information. “Our generation’s mission is to connect all Americans online. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, states are joining NTIA in this major new program to advance Internet access and adoption so that everyone in America has a chance to thrive in the modern economy.”

To participate in the BEAD program, Vermont must submit a letter of intent and a budget for planning funds, which will unlock $5 million in planning funds and allow states to begin creating their own five-year business plan. Each state will have direct support from dedicated NTIA staff during every step of the process. At least $100 million is guaranteed to be allocated to each participating state, with additional funding selections based on upcoming coverage maps from the Federal Communications Commission.

The launch of the state’s digital equity planning grant program builds on a series of Digital Equality Act steps that will invest $1.5 billion to increase adoption and use, such as digital literacy training, for those who need it most, including communities of color, rural communities, and seniors from Americans. The Medium Mile Broadband Infrastructure Enablement Program will provide grants on a technically neutral and competitive basis to eligible entities to build, improve or acquire medium mile infrastructure.

For more information, please read Internet Fact Sheet for Everyone.

5.27.2022. Montpellier www.vermont.gov

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