Achieving digital equity requires resources. Through funds provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the federal government committed $2.75 billion to digital equity efforts nationwide.
Thanks to a federal grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, $567,000 has been committed directly to Alaska to develop a five-year plan to expand broadband access and move toward digital equity. The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) Office of Broadband enlisted Rasmuson Foundation to administer the $567,000 planning grant.
In turn, Rasmuson Foundation is providing an extra $3 million to ensure the project’s success.
The State of Alaska created an Office of Broadband focused on ensuring all Alaskans have affordable broadband access and the skills to fully utilize it.
How are we moving the process forward?
We will finalize the plan in 2023, but it will take years to implement.