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States’ best chance for permanent broadband affordability requires action now (Blair Levin, Brookings)

When it comes to expanding broadband access, states have a lot on their plate right now. In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021American Rescue Plan Act, and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Congress appropriated tens of billions of dollars for universal broadband access and affordability, giving states the lion’s share of responsibility in deciding where and how to spend the funds. Now, states must establish new mechanisms for undertaking the many tasks necessary to do so.

States’ best chance for permanent broadband affordability requires action now (brookings.edu)