United States: Leveraging The Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act To Develop Broadband In Indian Country

Highlights

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Pub. L. 117-58) provides critical resources to increase access to broadband and build out critical broadband infrastructure in Indian Country. As the Biden Administration prepares to roll out IIJA funds, tribal governments should prepare to take advantage of such funds, including providing written comments that these funds support their broadband infrastructure projects and goals.

To ensure appropriate implementation, tribal governments should also address barriers for each funding opportunity. For example, ensuring a wide range of broadband infrastructure is funded (e.g. fiber as well as investments in community internet infrastructure), providing priority consideration for applications that build off of existing infrastructure or are in conjunction with another project (e.g. laying fiber while repairing roads), or supporting innovative solutions to provide services in remote parts of the country).

Tribal governments can leverage IIJA funds with funding from other federal programs (such as the American Rescue Plan’s Fiscal Recovery Fund), freeing up resources for other critical infrastructure needs and government services.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Pub. L. 117-58) allocates significant resources to increase access to affordable internet and build out critical broadband infrastructure on Indian Reservations. Tribes should prepare to take advantage of these programs and provide written input to ensure IIJA funds are allocated effectively, efficiently and equitably. Most important, they should support the projects most needed in Indian Country. Opportunities for Tribal Members

Affordable Connectivity Fund – $14.2 Billion for FY 2022-2026. The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity […]

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