GRID Broadband Act Seeks To Build Out Middle-Mile Infrastructure Along Existing Electric Grid

Legislation was proposed to provide new federal cost-share grants to spur investment in a nationwide middle-mile backbone along America’s existing electricity grid.

According to Daily Energy Insider, if enacted, S. 4763 would fund resilient and redundant middle-mile, fiber-optic infrastructure to provide more opportunity for last-mile providers to connect to unserved and underserved locations in urban, rural and remote areas with high-quality, high-speed broadband, according to the text of the bill.

Middle-mile infrastructure connects network hubs with the retail networks — known as last-mile infrastructure — that directly serve homes and businesses. These are vital links, the lawmakers said, because last-mile broadband speed and reliability is dependent on the middle-mile infrastructure that serves it.

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