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Biden-Harris Administration Seeks Input on Digital Equity Grant Programs

March 23, 2023

The United States Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking input on how to structure nearly $2.7 billion in grant programs to ensure everyone in America has the digital skills and devices they need to realize the full potential of high-speed Internet access.

This request for comment is part of NTIA’s larger strategy to hear from a diverse set of voices while implementing high-speed Internet grant programs. NTIA requests feedback on the design, rules, and evaluation criteria for both digital equity programs identified in the bullets below.

  • The State Digital Equity Capacity Grant program will fund implementation of state and territories’ digital equity plans, which will identify barriers in communities to achieving full participation in the digital economy, and strategies to overcome those barriers.
  • The Competitive Digital Equity Program will fund organizations including schools, libraries, nonprofits and others offering digital inclusion activities and promoting internet adoption. NTIA will establish the Competitive Digital Equity Program after it begins awarding funds from the State Capacity Grant Program.

The submission deadline is 5:00 pm EST on May 1st and the link to the comment submission portal on regulations.gov is: https://www.regulations.gov/document/NTIA-2023-0002-0001.

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