Funding: $1,000,000,000

Description: Provides funding to expand middle mile infrastructure and reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Middle mile infrastructure broadly refers to the mid-section of Internet infrastructure that carries large amounts of data at high speeds over long distances.

Eligible Recipients: 

The following entities may apply to this program:

  • State governments
  • Political subdivisions of states
  • Tribal governments
  • Technology companies
  • Electric utilities
  • Utility cooperatives
  • Public utility districts
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Telecommunications cooperatives
  • Nonprofit foundations
  • Nonprofit corporations
  • Nonprofit institutions
  • Nonprofit associations
  • Regional planning councils
  • Native entities
  • Economic development authorities
  • Partnerships of two or more entities described above

Eligible Uses: 

Grants can be used for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure, including:

• Construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment

• Engineering design, permitting and work related to project reviews

• Personnel costs, incl. salaries and benefits for staff and consultants

• Other costs necessary to programmatic activities

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Learn More: Here and Here