The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed last year by President Biden provides $65 billion to support infrastructure planning, digital inclusion initiatives, and deployment projects across the country. Together with earlier federal funding, including the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), states are closing the digital divide and increasing access to reliable high-speed internet.
As one of the first states to receive approval for its broadband expansion plan under ARPA, New Hampshire is working to bring access to thousands of underserved and unserved areas of the state.
Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Department of Business and Economic Affairs’ (BEA) Office of Broadband Initiatives was allocated $196.5 million from the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD)
program in 2023. The BEA will use this funding to bring high-speed broadband to the unserved and underserved locations in the state. More information about the draft initial proposal plans are available here. For more information and to comment on the initial plans, can be found here