Agencies were asked to identify programs that support broadband infrastructure deployment and broadband adoption/digital inclusion activities. This includes programs that support state/local broadband planning and deployment efforts, broadband availability mapping, training and/or technical assistance. The term broadband commonly refers to high-speed Internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. Broadband includes several high-speed transmission technologies, such as fiber, wireless, satellite, digital subscriber line, and cable. Broadband adoption refers to the use of broadband in places where it is available, measured as the percentage of households that use broadband in such areas. Digital inclusion implies that individuals and communities have access to robust broadband connections; Internet-enabled devices that meet their needs; and the skills to explore, create and collaborate in the digital world.
The number of programs and/or funding amounts for programs reported for this category were different than expected. Some of the discrepancies were driven by difficulties identifying programs as defined by the pilot and determining what portion of total investments of programs fall under this category. See here for other publicly reported information about similar spending.
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