Many of the targeted markets are rural and traditionally underserved communities, and so they qualify for funding from the American Rescue Plan. The Covid-19 pandemic put the need for more ubiquitous broadband front and center as those lacking adequate connectivity struggled to make the necessary shift to online work, school and personal connection. In response, the U.S. government earmarked billions of dollars for various aspects of broadband deployment, through various legislative efforts like the American Rescue Plan, a $3.2 trillion relief package that included about $7 billion for various broadband-related programs. Other programs include the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
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