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The movement to deploy high-speed broadband and develop smart city strategies is spreading across the country. As technology progresses, so do the necessities of everyday life, creating a new reality that fiber optic infrastructure is the new utility and something every home must have. Telemedicine, telecommuting, streaming video content, educational research, security surveillance systems, and the overall Internet of Things are all leading us to the ultimate goal of faster connectivity and better communications.

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

NTIA administers grant programs that further the deployment and use of broadband and other technologies in America, laying the groundwork for sustainable economic growth; improved education, public safety, and health care; and the advancement of other national priorities.  

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California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Local Agency Technical Assistance Grant Program (LATA)

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued a Proposed Decision under Rulemaking 20-08-021 for the California Advanced Service Fund (CASF) “Local Agency Technical Assistance Grant Program (LATA)” with a $50 million allocation to the program.  This item is scheduled to be approved at the February 24, 2022 CPUC Meeting.

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FCC Releases Rules To Implement Affordable Connectivity Program

Affordable Connectivity Program; Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that establishes rules for the Affordable Connectivity Program.  Created by the Infrastructure Jobs and Investment Act, the program provides $14.2B toward the reduction of monthly broadband costs for qualifying households.  The ACP will provide qualifying households a discount of up to $30 from a participating provider’s bill. Some participating providers are offering an additional benefit of up to a $100 discount off the purchase of computers or tablets if the consumer pays more than $10 but less than $50 towards the purchase of the device. 

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Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for prospective Broadband Partnership

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) are inviting interested parties to submit offerings related to the deployment of broadband/communications infrastructure and high-quality broadband services in Southern California.

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Breaking Down Broadband Funding in the Infrastructure Bill

After a long wait, the federal infrastructure bill is headed toward President Joe Biden's desk. How can states and local areas take advantage of the $65 billion set aside for broadband? Here are some details.

Broadband deployment and adoption will receive a historic $65 billion boost once President Joe Biden signs the infrastructure bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Friday.

While experts doubt the money will take care of all of America's broadband problems, a number of funding opportunities await states and local areas with connectivity projects.

Below is how the $65 billion breaks down by four major categories: deployment, emergency benefits, adoption and miscellaneous.

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Governor Newsom Announces Initial Broadband Projects to Help Bridge Digital Divide

As part of the historic $6 billion broadband investment advanced in partnership with legislative leaders earlier this year, the initial project locations are based on known unserved and underserved areas across the state. The projects will connect to the core of the global internet and interconnect to last-mile infrastructure, which is the final leg that provides internet service to a customer.

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Christopher Mitchell: Treasury Department Rescue Plan Act Rules Improve Broadband Funding

The Treasury Department has resolved all of the concerns that the Institute for Local Self Reliance identified in May.

When Congress developed and passed the American Rescue Plan Act, it tasked the Treasury Department with writing the rules for some key programs, including the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). That program is distributing $350 billion to local and state governments, which can use it for a variety of purposes that include broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion efforts.

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