FY 2021 Broadband Infrastructure Program
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a new broadband program through Broadband USA –the FY 2021 Broadband Infrastructure Program. The purpose of this program is to assist in the deployment of broadband infrastructure through support for competitively and technologically neutral projects that involve the deployment of fixed broadband service that provides qualifying broadband service in eligible service areas. An eligible service area is defined as a census block in which broadband service with a 25 megabits per section (mbps) download speed and 3 mbps upload speed is not available at one or more households or businesses in the census block, as determined by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information.
Eligible applicants are partnerships between a state or local government and a fixed broadband service provider. In FY 2021, up to $288 million is available to support awards expected to range from $5 million to $30 million through this program. There are no stated matching requirements for this program; however, favorable consideration will be given to applications that propose to contribute at least a 10 percent match via nonfederal cash or in-kind contributions.
Applications are due August 17, 2021. For more comprehensive information on the program: FY 2021 Broadband Infrastructure Program.