ANNOUNCEMENT 03 Jun 2021

In June 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced nearly USD 1 billion in funding to expand broadband on tribal land.

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SOURCE

U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Press Release, “Department of Commerce’s NTIA Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land”. Available at: https://www.ntia.doc.gov/press-release/2021/department-commerce-s-ntia-announces-nearly-1-billion-funding-expand-broadband

Grants.gov, NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY, “Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program”. Available at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=tribal%20land

Inception date: 03 Jun 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Local sourcing

On 3 June 2021, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a funding opportunity for broadband investments on tribal land that is subject to Buy American provisions. The program provides financial grants to facilitate the deployment of high-speed broadband internet service and infrastructure in tribal areas. The funding available under the program is approximately USD 1 billion. For this financial support, local sourcing requirements apply.  Specifically, awardees under this federal grant are required to provide a preference for the purchase, acquisition, or use of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States (including but not limited to iron, aluminium, steel, cement, and other manufactured products).

Established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) aims to expand broadband access in America and to make affordable high-speed internet available to all Americans.

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Inception date: 03 Jun 2021 | Removal date: open ended

Financial grant

On 3 June 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a notice of funding opportunity to announce the availability of grants worth approximately USD 1 billion for broadband investments on tribal land. The program which is called the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) aims to expand broadband access in the country and to make affordable high-speed internet available to all citizens. Established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, the program targets eligible Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian entities for the deployment of broadband access in tribal lands.

In this context, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said: “These investments will help many Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian communities gain long-overdue access to life-saving technologies, economic opportunities, remote learning, and countless other benefits. This funding is an important step forward, but we cannot stop here. Access to broadband is as essential as electricity to our everyday life. Under President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, we will have the resources to deploy high-quality broadband infrastructure to every Tribal community." 

 
 
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