ICYMI: NORTH CAROLINA TO EXPAND INTERNET ACCESS THANKS TO BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE LAW

New Nationwide Program Will Create 100,000 Jobs, Connect Millions to Affordable Internet

In Case You Missed It – Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced a new initiative this week to connect North Carolinians to affordable internet.

Using new funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the North Carolina program is part of a nationwide effort, Internet for All, to connect underserved communities. According to Secretary Raimondo, nearly 30 million Americans don’t have access to the internet, including more than a million North Carolinians.

Last week, President Biden announced that 20 internet companies had agreed to provide discounted prices to people with low incomes. When combined with already-existing federal subsidies, the agreement will make tens of millions of households eligible for free internet service.

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KEY QUOTES:

  • Using $45 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, every state will get $5 million to create a 5-year action plan. The rest of the $100 million funding the program will be divided by need, with the states with the most underserved population when it comes to internet connection getting the most.

  • The initiative will create 100,000 jobs, said Raimondo. Part of the plan includes training people to help bring internet connection by doing jobs like laying fiber. Raimondo said the goal is to tackle internet availability and affordability… the average cost of internet in the US is $60 per month, which Raimondo said is too high for most Americans. 

  • With the new commitment from the internet providers, some 48 million households will be eligible for $30 monthly plans for 100 megabits per second, or higher speed, service — making internet service fully paid for with government assistance if they sign up with one of the providers participating in the program.

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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.

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