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New Federal Funding for Broadband: Where Do Utilities Fit in Closing the Digital Divide?

By Tilson Technology

Hint:  Right in the Middle

The December 2020 COVID-19 Relief bill contains substantial funding for broadband programs, including:

Prior versions of the bill contained billions in block grants to the states for broadband deployment and broadband programs. The block grants were cut from the bill that passed, but there are indications that significant broadband dollars for states may be coming in future stimulus legislation.

Now is the time to consider what role your utility will play in supporting high-speed broadband deployment to your underserved consumers under this new paradigm.

Many utilities are deploying broadband fiber along their transmission and distribution systems for grid modernization projects. With proper planning, utility networks can be upsized with excess fiber that can provide “middle mile” infrastructure supporting broadband deployment to your underserved customers.

Is your utility positioned to access the billions of federal dollars being deployed to support broadband access?



Tilson is on a mission to build America’s information infrastructure, and we share our utility clients’ commitment to delivering essential services to all Americans – including broadband.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about how Tilson can support your utility broadband efforts:

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