Fast, affordable Internet access for all.
Trackers and Dashboards
This dashboard visualizes the data released on Affordable Connectivity Program enrollments by the Universal Service Administrative Company. On January 1st, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) with $14.2 billion in funding designed to help American households pay for the monthly cost of their Internet subscription. Eligible households get $30/month to help defray the cost of service, and up to $100 for an Internet-capable device to get online. Qualifying households on Tribal land can receive up to $75/month for service, reflecting the higher cost of connectivity in Indian Country. On August 5th, the commission announced the launch of an outreach program designed to boost awareness and participation.
The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund is a federal program designed to bridge the digital divide in rural America by incenting deployment to households lacking access to basic broadband speeds, defined as 25/3 Megbits per second (Mbps). Phase I was operated as a reverse auction over many rounds in December of 2020, with ISPs bidding on locations throughout the country. The lowest bids won, and committed those providers to completing new connections to those addresses using RDOF support spread out over ten years. This dashboard visualizes the current state of funds disbursed, rejected, or in limbo by state and by the largest bidders and authorized applicants.
Tens of billions of dollars in federal funding are poised for new broadband infrastructure deployment over the next five years. But a crucial step in allocating funds from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program - for states and local governments - lies in knowing where fast, affordable, reliable broadband access currently is, so that they know where to drive new investment. The FCC’s historical and repeated failure to put together an accurate national broadband map threatens to significantly hold up the process. In the meantime, states have stepped up to develop their own. In classifying the various state-led efforts, we've developed a new resource we're releasing today to serve as an easy reference guide. It shows how states are going about mapping Internet access, and which ones we think are doing it better than others.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) represents an unprecedented amount of money flowing to local governments, but the consequences of operating for more than a year and a half under the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic are such that there seems to be so many things that need attention. Access to universal, affordable, fast Internet access is among them, but the road from recognizing the need and implementing thoughtful policies is not an equally smooth one for all. Sometimes, a little inspiration is all it takes. That's where this page comes in. This is our ongoing list of projects which are under consideration, have been announced, or are under way. Arranged alphabetically by state and organized by whether they are under consideration or are planned, the below are those broadband expansion projects being pursued by cities and counties as they look to expand access via telephone and electric cooperatives, nonprofits, community-owned solutions, or private providers. It currently features 213 community-led broadband projects, as well as 25 states which have announced significant broadband grant programs or disbursement for new infrastructure projects.