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Programs

Overview

President Biden wants to connect all Americans to affordable, reliable high-speed internet. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $65 billion in funding to help achieve that goal. These funds add to and support existing programs that expand internet access and use.

Four agencies are leading this historic effort: the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Programs support high-speed internet planning, infrastructure, and adoption. We define these terms as follows:

  • Planning: Data collection, mapping, and feasibility studies to help develop internet expansion projects.
  • Infrastructure: Infrastructure for high-speed internet deployment.
  • Adoption: Activities that ensure users can access and meaningfully use high-speed internet. Includes subsidies, equipment, public access, digital literacy, skills training, workforce development, telehealth, and remote learning.

The goal of these programs is to achieve digital equity through improved access and intentional, inclusive planning that leads to effective, impactful outcomes. Because all Americans should have access to reliable and affordable high-speed internet.

If you need help with project planning or technical support, visit BroadbandUSA.

Program Description Status Agency What it funds
Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

Builds high-speed internet infrastructure where needed, supports job training, provides the equipment needed, and drives partnerships to get everyone online.

Open
NTIA
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning
  • Adoption
Digital Equity Act Programs

Three programs that promote digital inclusion and advance equity for all to ensure all communities have affordable access and can use the internet to improve their lives.

Open
NTIA
  • Adoption
Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program

This program expands middle mile infrastructure. It aims to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas.

Open
NTIA
  • Infrastructure
Affordable Connectivity Program

This program helps those in need pay for high-speed internet service and technology.

Open
FCC
  • Adoption
Capital Projects Fund

This program helps state governments fund capital projects and infrastructure. It works to expand high-speed internet to deliver vital services.

Open
Department of Treasury
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning
  • Adoption
ReConnect Loan and Grant Program

This program helps expand high-speed internet access in rural areas. Funds support construction, facilities, and equipment.

Not Accepting Applications
USDA
  • Infrastructure
Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

This program helps tribal communities expand high-speed internet access and adoption on tribal lands.

Not Accepting Applications
NTIA
  • Infrastructure
  • Planning
  • Adoption
Broadband Infrastructure Program

A program for states and internet providers to support high-speed internet infrastructure projects. It aims to expand internet service in areas that lack access.

Not Accepting Applications
NTIA
  • Infrastructure
Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program

This program helps colleges and institutions that serve minority and tribal communities. It provides funds to buy internet equipment and hire staff to help with technology.

Not Accepting Applications
NTIA
  • Adoption