President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget request seeks $65 billion for civilian federal agencies—an 11% increase over the $58.4 billion requested last year—as well as a significant increase in cybersecurity spending.
Hot on the heels of announcing upgrades to UK mobile networks in hard-to-reach places, and as part of its latest plans to roll out gigabit broadband across the country, the government turns connectivity focus on educational establishments
The funding is being made available through broadband infrastructure grants awarded to Comcast, Verizon and Mediacom, which will expand their coverage areas to reach an additional 11,600 homes and businesses.
Policymakers need information about affordability, reliability, and inequities in access to make sound decisions about broadband investments for their communities. Lack of broadband access disproportionately impacts individuals and families of colour and those whose incomes are below the federal poverty threshold.
A Federal Communications Commission initiative designed to increase access to high-speed internet recently hit a major milestone. The $14.2 billion program was created by President Joe Biden’s infrastructure law, replacing a broadband affordability program called the Emergency Broadband Benefit. The program allows low-income households to receive discounts of up to $30 per month on their internet service bills and for households on tribal lands to receive discounts of up to $75 per month.