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Broadband subsidies: how much will your government get?

Back in 2021, the White House declared Internet access to be “the new electricity.” — something that is fundamental to daily life today — and promised broadband subsidies to states so they could fund needed programs. Now the amounts that each state will receive …

Narrowing the Digital Divide

While access to the Internet used to be considered a luxury, today it is far from being the case. Without the internet, kids can't do their homework, people can't look for work, many existing workers can't check their shift schedules, and people can't access many types of healthcare.

There is a digital divide in which white families are more likely than black or Hispanic families to have high-speed Internet at home, and those who live in cities have much better service than those in rural areas.

This& #8217; that's why President Biden likened broadband to electricity and promised to close the digital divide by bringing internet to everyone at home.

This initiative was first announced in 2021 as part of the American Jobs Plan. , with $100 billion of a total investment of $2 trillion set aside for broadband initiatives. This element of the plan received bipartisan support.

$42 billion allocated to states

The first $42 billion of that is being distributed to state legislatures through a bipartisan infrastructure package.

“I get letters and emails from all over the country from people who excited that after so many years of waiting they will finally have high speed internet,” President Biden said, citing one message he received from an Iowa woman. who described it as “the best thing that has happened to rural America since the Rural Electrification Act,” referring to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's drive to power farms and ranches across the country.

The rewards were calculated based on the FCC's analysis of which states they need the most.

New maps show that 7% of US households and businesses, representing 8.5 million physical locations and tens of millions of individual Americans, do not have broadband Internet access, defined as download speed from the Internet is not less than 25 megabits per second. The new maps provide information about Internet connectivity at a detailed level, while previous maps only assessed connectivity at the census block level.

On older maps, a census block was also considered to be serviced if only one household in that Block had broadband access, even if many of its neighboring neighbors did not, which is why many Americans reported that they did not have high-speed internet even when official maps claimed what they are.

Broadband subsidies by state

CNN reports that the biggest award goes to Texas, which will receive $3.3 billion – one of 19 states to receive more than a billion dollars. You will love that these amounts are calculated to the cent.

  • Alabama: $1,401,221,901.77
  • Alaska: $1,017,139,672.42
  • Arizona: $993,112,231.37
  • Arkansas: $1,024,303,993.86
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  • California: $1,864.136,508.93 & NBSP ;
  • Colorado: 826 522 650,41,41 & NBSP;
  • Connecticut: $144,180,792.71 & nbsp;
  • delaware: 107,748,71 & nbsp;
  • delaware: 107,748,71  $100,694,786.93
  • Florida: $1,169,947,392.70
  • Georgia: $1,307,214,371.30
  • Hawaii: $149,484,493.57
  • I Daho: $583,256,249.88. ;
  • Illinois: $1,040,420,751.50
  • Indiana: $868,109,929.79
  • Iowa: $415,331,313.00
  • Kansas: $451,725,998.15 bsp;
  • Kentucky: $1,086,172,536.86
  • Louisiana: $1,355,554,552.94
  • Maine: $271,977,723.07
  • Maryland: $267,738,400.71
  • Massachusetts: $147,422,464.39
  • Michigan: $1,559,362,479.29
  • Minnesota: $651,839,368.20
  • Mississippi: $1,203,561,563.05
  • Missouri: $1,736,302,708.39
  • Montana: $628,973,798.59
  • >Nebraska: $405,281,070.41 ;
  • Nevada: $416,666,229.74
  • New Hampshire: $196,560,278.97
  • New Jersey: $263,689,548, $65
  • New Mexico: $675,372,311.86  
  • New York: $664,618,251.49
  • North Carolina : $1,532,999,481.15
  • North Dakota: $130,162,815.12
  • Ohio: $793,688,107.63
  • Oklahoma : $797,435,691.25
  • Oregon: $688,914,932.17
  • Pennsylvania: $1,161,778,272.41
  • Gen- Island: $108,718,820.75  
  • South Carolina: $551,535,983.05
  • South Dakota: $207,227,523.92
  • Tennessee: $813,319,680.22
  • Texas: $3,312,616,455.4 $5  
  • Utah: $317,399,741.54
  • Vermont: $228,913,019.08
  • Virginia: $1,481,489,572.87
  • Washington: $1,227,742.06 6.30 
  • West Virginia: $1,210,800,969.85
  • Wisconsin: $1,055,823,573.71
  • Wyoming: $347,877,921.27 USA
  • American Samoa: $37,564,827.5 3 
  • Guam: $156,831,733.59
  • Northern Mariana Islands: $80,796,709.02
  • Puerto Rico: $334,614,151.70 US dollars
  • US. Virgin Islands: $27,103,240.86

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