Rural Broadband

A U.S. Treasury database has a wealth of information about broadband projects funded through state programs funded by the agency. Interested parties can find information about projects in their state, including funding recipient, amount of funding received, a description of each project and more.

The information includes projects funded through the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund as of September 30, 2022.

The State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund was established in the American Rescue Plan Act. It allocated funding for U.S. cities, states and counties that could be used for a variety of purposes, including broadband infrastructure investment.

Treasury Broadband Database

The database is available at this link under the “Projects by Recipient” tab.

Several drop-down menus allow users to change the search parameters. The drop-down menu titled “Expenditure Category” includes several broadband categories that can be selected, including Broadband Last Mile Projects, Broadband: IIJA Match, and Broadband: Other Projects.

According to a U.S. Treasury summary, the amount of funding in the third quarter of 2022 was up 5% compared to the previous quarter. About 2,500 governments are pursuing infrastructure projects using about $21 billion in funding. Those projects include broadband and other infrastructure projects.

A U.S. Treasury blog post highlighted some examples of broadband projects:

• The State of Alabama budgeted $51 million to develop a statewide middle-mile fiber network that will support, catalyze, and facilitate future last-mile projects.

• American Samoa budgeted $10 million for broadband. The territory will work with local internet service providers to support the delivery of internet service that reliably meets or exceeds symmetrical upload and download speeds of 100 Mbps.

• Box Elder County, UT has spent $1.5 million to provide engineering, permitting and construction resources for last-mile infrastructure investments to bring high-speed internet service to underserved rural communities in the county.

• Carroll County, MD budgeted $15 million to make investments in broadband infrastructure. The county will increase access to the 12% of Carroll households and businesses currently unserved by a high-speed connection by providing 100/100 Mbps service that will include an option for low-income customers.

• Erie County, NY allocated $34 million to address the broadband needs of unserved areas. The fiber optic backbone will be owned by the county but managed and controlled by ErieNet, a not-for-profit local development corporation.

• The State of Tennessee budgeted $500 million to facilitate broadband access while promoting programs that encourage broadband adoption and use.

• The State of Vermont budgeted nearly $146 million to support and accelerate the State’s goal of achieving universal access to reliable, high-quality, affordable broadband by providing service to unserved or underserved households and businesses through symmetrical 100 Mbps download and upload speeds.

The state and local projects database was highlighted in a press release about Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen’s address to the National Association of Counties during the association’s 2023 Legislative Conference.

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