Following the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a Department of Commerce (DOC) branch known as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has been tasked with allocating $42.5 billion of federal broadband infrastructure funding to state and local governments through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. This $42.5 billion is part of a larger $65 billion sum that the IIJA puts toward broadband infrastructure. How can NTIA and the states ensure the money is spent effectively and that people are held accountable? How can barriers to broadband adoption be overcome without just throwing money at the issue?
Read Dr. Jamison’s complete blog post at AEI.