The U.S federal government has allocated nearly $42.5 billion to expand broadband connectivity across the United States to help bridge the digital divide. Portions of that nearly $42.5 billion in funds have been allocated to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The largest broadband focused stimulus program that has ever come to fruition, every U.S. state, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, has been allocated over $100M (territories received at least $25M) with 19 states receiving over $1B. The purpose of this ambitious program is first, to connect all unserved Americans and their anchor institutions (those receiving less than 25/3 Megabits per seconds (Mbps)) with fiber speeds (targeting 1 Gigabit per second or Gbps), and second, to upgrade those that are underserved (those receiving less than 100/20 Mbps). About 7% of the U.S. population (8 million homes) fall into these categories.
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