Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Funding for USDA Rural Broadband Programs [Updated November 19, 2021] [open pdf - 594KB]
From the Document: "On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law (P.L. [Public Law] 117- 58). The act invests $1.2 trillion in the nation's infrastructure, including roads, highways, and electric, water, and railway systems. The act also invests in broadband (i.e., high-speed internet) infrastructure, including in rural areas where households have historically had lower access to broadband compared with households in urban and suburban areas. P.L. 117-58 includes funding for two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) broadband programs that serve rural communities: the ReConnect Program and the Rural Broadband Program. This is in addition to provisions that amend or provide funding to broadband programs administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This InFocus summarizes the provisions in the infrastructure act related to the ReConnect Program and the Rural Broadband Program."
CRS In Focus, IF11918
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/