Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Broadband Provisions: In Brief [March 2, 2021] [open pdf - 975KB]
From the Introduction: "Access to broadband--high-speed internet access that is faster than traditional dial-up access, always on, and relies on high-speed transmission technologies (e.g., fiber optic cable, cable modem, wireless)--remains a key interest for Congress. Broadband is currently deployed throughout the United States, primarily by the private sector. While the number of new broadband subscribers continues to grow, studies and data indicate that the rate of broadband deployment in many urban, suburban, and high-income areas is higher than in rural and low-income areas. The term 'digital divide' is used to describe the gap between those who have access to broadband and those who do not. [...] This report discusses Division N, Title IX of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260) that contains supplemental appropriations for broadband programs. The report provides information on each broadband program or initiative grouped by lead agency, including background and history (if applicable), deadlines, appropriation amounts, and eligibility information."
CRS Report for Congress, R46701
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