Labor association calls on Congress to attach conditions of employment to federal dollars for broadband: high-speed breakfast

WASHINGTON, December 21, 2021 – At a Broadband Breakfast event earlier this month, the director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s office for broadband minority initiatives said the agency would maintain oversight of the money from the infrastructure bill to the communities, rather than giving complete autonomy to the States.

Scott woods also highlighted the need to tailor NTIA approaches to each state, given that each state has very different fund disbursement capacities based on existing state programs, such as detailed mapping by the Georgian government . Each state is expected to receive a minimum of $ 100 million from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allocates $ 65 billion for broadband and was enacted in mid-November.

Woods spoke to the CEO of Ready and Broadband Money Jase wilson and editor and publisher of Broadband Breakfast Drew clark for an in-person panel event, which can be reviewed here.

Woods said the NTIA’s localized approach will rely heavily on better broadband cards.

He said that currently the government needs more information from Internet service providers on where they are providing service and how fast. In addition, he said there is a need for key demographics in order to create comprehensive broadband maps that will help inform agency policy and investments.

Wilson said geospatial tools are also central to his company’s work to connect local service providers with finance and resources.

Woods noted that it is not possible for the federal government alone to carry out the entire IIJA fund disbursement operation and that it will rely on partnerships with the private sector, philanthropic organizations, communities as well as state and local governments.

Wilson highlighted how local service providers are more engaged organizations to partner with for the expansion of services in communities, as opposed to larger providers due to the greater financial incentives of smaller providers to increase access for people. consumers.

NTIA will use input from partner stakeholders such as the aforementioned philanthropic organizations and private sector entities to develop a funding opportunity notice that the agency will publish for its equity, access and wide deployment program. band, Woods said.

The Senate Trade Committee recently advanced the appointment of the president Joe bidenthe choice to lead the NTIA, Alain davidson. If confirmed, Davidson will certainly play a key role in the implementation of the IIJA.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 12 p.m. ET – Implementation of the Infrastructure, Investments and Jobs Act

The adoption of the law on infrastructure, investments and employment on November 5, 2021 represents an important opportunity for the broadband industry. This includes broadband internet service providers as well as those looking to improve the deployment of better broadband. But many questions remain about the details of the implementation of the IIJA at the federal and state levels. In this special ‘Broadband Breakfast for Lunch’ event IN PERSON and LIVE ONLINE, we will explore the perspective of the lead federal government agency responsible for implementing broadband delivery of the Internet. IIJA, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce. We will also examine the important role of state broadband officials in the next phase of IIJA implementation.

Join us IN PERSON on Wednesday December 8 at the Broadband Breakfast Club for lunch!

There are two ways to participate in this event: IN PERSON or LIVE ONLINE. To attend in person, register to attend in person through Eventbrite. Please arrive for lunch at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th Street NW, Washington, DC, by 11:30 am to be seated for lunch. The program will begin promptly at noon ET.

Panelists for this Broadband Breakfast Live Online session:

  • Scott woods, Senior Broadband Program Specialist, NTIA
  • Jase wilson, CEO, Loan / Broadband Money
  • Other guests have been invited
  • Drew clark (moderator), Editor and Publisher, Broadband Breakfast

Panelists’ resources:

As Senior Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Scott woods is the team leader of the Connecting Minority Communities (CMC) pilot program, a new grant program to provide direct funding of $ 268 million to expand broadband access, connectivity and digital inclusion to colleges or historically black universities (HBCU), tribal colleges or universities (TCU), institutions serving minorities (MSI) and the anchor communities to which these institutions serve. Mr. Woods is also the primary liaison between the BroadbandUSA program office and key strategic partners and external stakeholder groups, including state and local government representatives; broadband service providers; profit and not-for-profit corporations; professional telecommunications associations; community representatives and organizations, and colleges / universities.

Jase wilson is co-founder and CEO of Ready / Broadband Money, a software, data and financial services company dedicated to helping local ISPs connect more people to better broadband. He lives in the Bay Area of ​​SF with his wife and son Wafer, aka WWW.

Drew clark is the publisher and publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com and a nationally respected telecommunications lawyer. Drew brings together experts and practitioners to advance the benefits of broadband. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, he led a State Broadband Initiative, the Partnership for a Connected Illinois. He is also president of the Rural Telecommunications Congress.

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