BEYOND THE BELTWAY
Broadband Projects Moving Forward Thanks to the American Rescue Plan & Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Welcome to Beyond The Beltway – our weekly highlight reel of public investment in action.
This week’s edition features major investments in water infrastructure, education, affordable housing, and more! We’re also highlighting major broadband projects now underway thanks to the American Rescue Plan and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
NORTH CAROLINA: Fayetteville will use $10.5 million of American Rescue Plan funds to improve stormwater drainage systems and prevent flooding in the area. [story]
KENTUCKY: Louisville will invest $87.4 million of American Rescue Plan funds to support youth and child care initiatives, upgrade parks and pools, and reopen library branches across the city, the latest in community-focused investments. [story]
INDIANA: The city of Indianapolis will invest $6 million of American Rescue Plan funds to create over 450 units of affordable housing and support people experiencing homelessness. [story]
- CONNECTICUT: The state is using American Rescue Plan funds to start a $400 million program to support local farmers, food banks, schools, and underserved communities. [story]
A Big Week for Broadband Investments:
MAINE: The state will receive up to $500 million in funds to bring high-speed Internet to the 78,000 locations that lack broadband. At least $100 million will come from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. [story]
INDIANA: The Hoosier State will invest $189 million for 154 broadband infrastructure expansion projects, bringing broadband infrastructure to more than 52,900 homes and commercial locations in 80 counties across the state. [story]
- OHIO: Cuyahoga County is investing $20 million of American Rescue Plan funds to connect over 25,000 households in the region to high-speed internet. [story]
NEW YORK: Erie County will invest $36 million in American Rescue Plan funds to increase internet access and create an open-access network connecting 150 anchor institutions to help close the digital divide. [story]
About Invest in America
Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.
The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.