Local networks are important for bringing high-speed Internet to communities. But local networks aren't enough. They need to connect to robust, high-capacity national and regional networks. Middle mile infrastructure makes this possible. By connecting to major networks, local networks can ensure reliable high-speed Internet service for even the most remote communities.
The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation's high-speed network. With $1 billion in funding, the program will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved communities.
This program supports the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure.
Key questions to consider when preparing your application:
- Will this network result in lower prices for consumers?
- Will this project connect areas that currently lack service?
- Will this project provide more reliable Internet service?
- How long will it take to build the network?
- Does the applicant have a demonstrated record of compliance with federal labor and employment laws?
- How does this project account for climate change risks?
- Step by Step Application Guidance
- Application Templates
- Application Checklist and Form Packet
- Letter of Credit Template
Who Can Apply
The following entities may apply to this program:
- State governments
- Political subdivisions of states
- Tribal governments
- Technology companies
- Electric utilities
- Utility cooperatives
- Public utility districts
- Telecommunications companies
- Telecommunications cooperatives
- Nonprofit foundations
- Nonprofit corporations
- Nonprofit institutions
- Nonprofit associations
- Regional planning councils
- Native entities
- Economic development authorities
- Partnerships of two or more entities described above