Expanding Broadband Access in the US May be at Risk

The infrastructure bill proposed $65 billion in federal funding for broadband investment. 

As the infrastructure bill is still at an impasse, it has many worried that funding for expanding broadband may be at risk. According to Cnet, hanging in the balance is a small but critical sliver of the infrastructure bill seen as a possible salve to our digital divide problem. For more than two weeks, Democrats have been at an impasse over two bills at the center of Biden’s domestic agenda, leaving in limbo the fate of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that the Senate passed in August. This legislation provides long-overdue funding to upgrade traditional infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and electrical grids. But also included in the bill is a proposal for $65 billion in federal funding for broadband investment.

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