Biden-Harris Administration Kicks off Infrastructure Week by Highlighting Tremendous Progress Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure 18 Months In
President Joe Biden (D-DE) signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) 18 months ago. To date, the Administration has announced over $220 billion in IIJA funding, including over 32,000 specific projects and awards, across over 4,500 communities in all 50 states, DC, and territories. To implement the law, agencies have now hired over 5,000 federal employees, and states and territories have appointed infrastructure coordinators to facilitate clear communication and coordination with the federal government.
As states prepare their Five-Year Action Plans to submit to NTIA, the inclusion of training has never been more important. Broadband Equity and Access Deployment (BEAD) funding will be a key element in building the fiber workforce through comprehensive training.
A discussion with experts from several agencies on how to prevent bad actors and adversaries from undermining national security and the economy
For decades, women have disproportionately managed household labor, including domestic tasks, child-rearing, elder care, and other caregiving activities. Even as women’s participation in the paid labor force has increased, the gendered division of unpaid domestic labor persists.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is hosting a Tribal Consultation on proposed State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFLRF) and Capital Projects Fund (CPF) Supplementary Broadband Guidance for Tribal governments. The consultation will be held Wednesday, May 17, 2023, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Treasury is accepting written comments until June 16, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Alaska Time. Submit written comments at email@example.com.
With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), funds are actively flowing into states and localities. That means the hard work now passes to cities, counties, and states to get the greatest value out of the new laws—but also puts the greatest pressure on officials outside Washington to come up with solutions.
Connection found: Rural broadband bill gets its day in the Senate
A bipartisan effort to push the Federal Communications Commission to expand internet access to rural areas will finally get a Senate hearing, two years after the bill was first introduced. The Reforming Broadband Connectivity Act has support in both the House and Senate and will get its day in the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday, May 11th, 2023. The bill — introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in the Senate and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) in the House — orders the FCC to determine ho
Traditionally, P3 has been synonymous with public-private partnerships, but when it comes to navigating the complex world of building broadband networks in 2023, Mears Broadband is redefining the term with a new P3 model and philosophy that focuses on people, partnerships, and preparation.
California, the world’s fifth biggest economy, is 20 months into the first element of the state’s $6.8B digital equity initiative, the $3.8B middle mile component. Join the Marconi Society and community and broadband leaders from California for a conversation about creating the state’s middle mile network to learn about key strategies, lessons learned and next steps in creating digital opportunities in the world’s fifth-largest economy.
The webinar will cover:
· A Brief Overview of Broadband Technical Assistance
· The Current Funding Opportunity Announcement
· How to Apply
· Next Steps and Important Dates
Slides, a transcript, and a recording of the webinar will be posted to the Broadband Technical Assistance website after the session at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/telecommunications-programs/br....