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NTIA Creates First Interactive Map to Help Public See the Digital Divide Across the Country

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released a new publicly available digital map that displays key indicators of broadband needs across the country. This is the first interactive, public map that allows users to explore different datasets about where people do not have quality Internet access. The public “Indicators of...

Department of Commerce’s NTIA Announces Nearly $1 Billion in Funding to Expand Broadband on Tribal Land

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Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today at the White House the availability of nearly $1 billion in U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) grants to expand broadband access and adoption on Tribal land. The leaders called for significant broadband investments...

Remarks by Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the NTIA Tribal Broadband Grant Announcement

Thank you, Vice President Harris, for that introduction and for your amazing leadership on this important issue. And thank you President Holsey and Secretary Haaland for your leadership as well. When COVID-19 lockdowns began, schools across America quickly switched to online education. But last month I met with leaders from the Navajo Nation and learned that many of their children couldn’t attend...

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Offers Nearly $1 Billion in Grants to Help Connect Tribal Lands

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Broadband Internet is increasingly essential for Americans to do their jobs, participate in distance learning, access health care and stay connected. Still, millions of Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that can provide acceptable speeds. Americans outside of urban areas particularly lack adequate access. On tribal lands, the digital divide is especially stark...

Secretary Raimondo Joins New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham, Sen. Luján, and Rep. Leger Fernández For Listening Session on Broadband Expansion With Navajo Nation President Nez

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Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo participated in a virtual listening session with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and other Navajo officials on the barriers to reaching one hundred percent broadband access across the Navajo Nation. The conversation was moderated by U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján, and Raimondo was joined by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep...

Women in Commerce’s NTIA Leadership Making a Difference in Tech Equity

As technology becomes more central to everyday life, policymakers are paying close attention to who is reaping the benefits of these advancements and who is being left behind. At the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), women in key leadership positions are working hard to secure our networks, close the digital divide and bring the next...

NTIA Announces Tribal Consultations on New Program to Increase Broadband Access Across Indian Country

The following is a cross-post from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is committed to increasing broadband Internet access across America, particularly in unserved and underserved communities. The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides new...

Enhance Job Creation

Job creation is fundamental to our mission. American workers thrive when they are free to develop our abundant natural resources, leverage broadband, use secure digital technology, and are not burdened by excessive regulations. We create these conditions and facilitate job creation through increased exports and foreign direct investment (FDI). Exports and FDI are proven job generators. Exported...

Broadband Availability in the Workplace

Building on previous work examining broadband availability across different geographies by population, this report examines broadband availability by job location. As in Broadband Availability, Beyond the Rural/Urban Divide, this report divides the United States into five categories based on the degree of urbanization. Rather than examining broadband and general population levels; however, this...

Broadband Availability Beyond the Rural/Urban Divide

While it is commonly understood that broadband is less available in rural communities and more available in urban communities, a simple two-way, rural-urban comparison masks the fact that there is considerable variation in availability within these two types of communities. By assigning communities to one of five categories, it becomes clear that there is not a simple rural/urban divide. Rather...