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Broadband Funding: ‘It’s Like History Repeating Itself in a Good Way’ – What is Montana Doing? MEDA Broadband Working Group

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New England states prepare to invest millions of federal dollars to support broadband expansions.

In 2021 (which Gonsalves calls “a banner year for broadband”), the American Rescue Act Plan provided $350 billion for water, sewer, and broadband with another $10 billion earmarked primarily for broadband via the Capital Funds Project. In the fall, an additional $65 billion was allocated as part of the new infrastructure bill.

In rural parts of New England, where many are unserved or underserved by monopoly providers, a variety of broadband models have taken shape even before now. Many more are predicted to gain momentum with this latest financial boost.

 

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MEDA Broadband Working Group

This group formed as a result of the Montana Next Generation of Community and Economic Development Tools Report.  The group’s overall purpose is to encourage Montana to develop a bold strategy for broadband and 5G deployment statewide.

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