In 2021 (which Gonsalves calls “a banner year for broadband”), the American Rescue Act Plan provided $350 billion for water, sewer, and broadband with another $10 billion earmarked primarily for broadband via the Capital Funds Project. In the fall, an additional $65 billion was allocated as part of the new infrastructure bill.
In rural parts of New England, where many are unserved or underserved by monopoly providers, a variety of broadband models have taken shape even before now. Many more are predicted to gain momentum with this latest financial boost.
MEDA Broadband Working Group
This group formed as a result of the Montana Next Generation of Community and Economic Development Tools Report. The group’s overall purpose is to encourage Montana to develop a bold strategy for broadband and 5G deployment statewide.