Broadband services are being expanded to reach more Americans.
The funding was made available by the American Rescue Act.
Who is eligible?
The American Rescue Act has allocated $10 billion to help rural areas, low-income families, and tribal communities access broadband services. The funding will also provide those households with at least 100 megabits per second for upload and download speeds. The first states to get funding are:
- Louisiana: 88,500 homes and businesses
- New Hampshire: 15,000 homes and businesses,
- Virginia: Approximately 76,873 locations
- West Virginia: 20,000 locations
These states are getting $500 million in funding and it is expected that 200,000 homes and businesses will benefit.
What about other states?
Other states have until September 24 to submit a plan to the Treasury. In addition to the four states that have been approved, 30 plans for tribal governments have been approved too.
However, this isn’t the only broadband service assistance– the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) also offers discounts.