ANNOUNCEMENT 25 Feb 2022

In February 2022, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded a financial grant to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in Louisiana.

 

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US Department of Commerce, Press Release, “Department of Commerce’s NTIA Awards $277M in Grants to Expand Broadband Infrastructure”. Available at: https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2022/02/department-commerces-ntia-awards-277m-grants-expand-broadband

U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Broadband Infrastructure Program, Program Awardees. Available at: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/broadband-infrastructure-program-awardees

Inception date: 25 Feb 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Financial grant

On 25 February 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced awarding a financial grant worth approximately USD 30 million to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in the Acadiana Region, Louisiana. The project will be undertaken by the Acadiana Planning Commission in partnership with several internet service providers (ISPs).

The total cost of the project is approximately USD 17.4 million. The ISPs of the project, Allen’s Communications and LUSFiber, will deploy internet service in their designated areas.

This financial support is granted under the NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program. Under the program, grants will be awarded to partnerships between a state or political subdivisions of a state, and providers of fixed broadband service to make affordable high-speed internet available to all Americans. Together with this current award, the Department of Commerce announced 13 grants totalling more than USD 277 million. DOT announced the Notice of funding opportunity for the Broadband Infrastructure Program in May 2021 (see related state act).

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Inception date: 25 Feb 2022 | Removal date: open ended

Local sourcing

On 25 February 2022, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced awarding financial support for the deployment of broadband infrastructure in the Acadiana Region, Louisiana that is subject to buy American requirements. The financial support will be in the form of a grant with a total value of approximately USD 30 million. 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.

The project will be undertaken by Acadiana Planning Commission in partnership with several internet service providers (ISPs). According to the project description, “The Acadiana Regional Public/Private Partnership for the Deployment of a Fiber to the Home Network in the Rural Underserved Areas of Acadiana project is a last-mile broadband deployment in the Acadiana region of Louisiana that is designed to bring qualifying broadband to 22,196 unserved households across the region.”

This financial support is granted under the NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program.  Together with this current award, the Department of Commerce announced 13 grants totalling more than USD 277 million. DOT announced the Notice of funding opportunity for the Broadband Infrastructure Program in May 2021 (see related state act).