How Each State Will Benefit From The Biden Administration’s $42.5 Billion Broadband Infrastructure P...

This week, the Biden Administration outlined how the US will be receiving billions of dollars in federal funding for high-speed internet access. The plan is to give each state funding to further close the digital divide across the nation. 

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This Monday, the Biden Administration outlined how each state will receive funding from its $42.5 billion broadband infrastructure plan, which will work to close the digital divide across the nation. 

The White House stated that the funding will be distributed to every US state and territory for building overall internet access. Texas is currently eligible for the most amount of funding at $3.3 billion, with California following with $1.8 billion. 

“I’ve gotten letters and emails from across the country from people who are thrilled that after so many years of waiting, they are finally going to get high-speed internet,” Biden said.

“We’re talking today about a major investment that we’re making in affordable, high-speed internet, all across the country. Internet access is a critical economic resource, allowing children to do their homework, for workers to find jobs and for patients to access health care.”

All US states and territories will receive some level of funding, including and starting with the US Virgin Islands, which is currently eligible for $27 million under the initiative which is officially known as the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program (BEAD). 

The BEAD program was officially introduced in 2021, and its updated allocation of funds shows the effort made by the US government to create “new and updated” broadband maps to better determine which areas in the US are more underserved when it comes to broadband internet access. 

The Federal Communications Commission finalized the new broadband maps last month, which revealed that 7% of US households and businesses do not have broadband internet access; that’s about 8.5 million physical locations and tens of millions of individual Americans. Broadband internet is also defined as internet download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second.

The updated maps also fully allow the US government to determine which states had the greatest need for broadband funding on a more specific level. States and territories will be able to apply for funding this month, according to the White House. Once the applications are approved by the US Commerce Department, state officials will receive access to 20% of their eligible funding, according to reports from CNN.

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“Under the infrastructure law, US states had been guaranteed at least $100 million in BEAD funding, while US territories were promised at least $25 million.”

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According to the White House, 19 states received more than $1 billion in the final report, the states receiving the most funding are Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Caroline, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. 

Below is a list of how much funding each state and territory is set to receive as reported by CNN.

  • Alabama: $1,401,221,901.77
  • Alaska: $1,017,139,672.42
  • Arizona: $993,112,231.37
  • Arkansas: $1,024,303,993.86
  • California: $1,864,136,508.93
  • Colorado: $826,522,650.41
  • Connecticut: $144,180,792.71
  • Delaware: $107,748,384.66
  • District of Columbia: $100,694,786.93
  • Florida: $1,169,947,392.70
  • Georgia: $1,307,214,371.30
  • Hawaii: $149,484,493.57
  • Idaho: $583,256,249.88
  • Illinois: $1,040,420,751.50
  • Indiana: $868,109,929.79
  • Iowa: $415,331,313.00
  • Kansas: $451,725,998.15
  • Kentucky: $1,086,172,536.86
  • Louisiana: $1,355,554,552.94
  • Maine: $271,977,723.07
  • Maryland: $267,738,400.71
  • Massachusetts: $147,422,464.39
  • Michigan: $1,559,362,479.29
  • Minnesota: $651,839,368.20
  • Mississippi: $1,203,561,563.05
  • Missouri: $1,736,302,708.39
  • Montana: $628,973,798.59
  • Nebraska: $405,281,070.41
  • Nevada: $416,666,229.74
  • New Hampshire: $196,560,278.97
  • New Jersey: $263,689,548.65
  • New Mexico: $675,372,311.86
  • New York: $664,618,251.49
  • North Carolina: $1,532,999,481.15
  • North Dakota: $130,162,815.12
  • Ohio: $793,688,107.63
  • Oklahoma: $797,435,691.25
  • Oregon: $688,914,932.17
  • Pennsylvania: $1,161,778,272.41
  • Rhode Island: $108,718,820.75
  • South Carolina: $551,535,983.05
  • South Dakota: $207,227,523.92
  • Tennessee: $813,319,680.22
  • Texas: $3,312,616,455.45
  • Utah: $317,399,741.54
  • Vermont: $228,913,019.08
  • Virginia: $1,481,489,572.87
  • Washington: $1,227,742,066.30
  • West Virginia: $1,210,800,969.85
  • Wisconsin: $1,055,823,573.71
  • Wyoming: $347,877,921.27
  • American Samoa: $37,564,827.53
  • Guam: $156,831,733.59
  • Northern Mariana Islands: $80,796,709.02
  • Puerto Rico: $334,614,151.70
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: $27,103,240.86