State Broadband Initiative

Launched in 2009, NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative (SBI) implements the joint purposes of the Recovery Act and the Broadband Data Improvement Act, which envisioned a comprehensive program, led by state entities or non-profit organizations working at their direction, to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies. Economic development, energy efficiency, and advances in education and health care rely not only on broadband infrastructure, but also on the knowledge and tools to leverage that infrastructure.

Since the program’s inception, NTIA has awarded a total of $293 million to 56 grantees, one each from the 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia, or their designees. Grantees will use this funding to support the efficient and creative use of broadband technology to better compete in the digital economy. These state-created efforts vary depending on local needs but include programs to assist small businesses and community institutions in using technology more effectively, research to investigate barriers to broadband adoption, innovative applications that increase access to government services and information, and state and local task forces to expand broadband access and adoption.

Since accurate data is critical for broadband planning, another purpose of the SBI program is to assist states in gathering data twice a year on the availability, speed, and location of broadband services, as well as the broadband services that community institutions, such as schools, libraries and hospitals, use. This data is used by NTIA to update the National Broadband Map, the first public, searchable nationwide map of broadband availability launched February 17, 2011.

Summaries of each grant award are provided below, and visitors are also encouraged to visit the state broadband program and data websites. A list of these websites can be found here.

State Recipient Total Awardsort icon
Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Technology $5,302,717
Georgia Georgia Technology Authority $5,229,940
Utah Utah Public Service Commission $5,196,025
Maine State of Maine, ConnectME Authority $4,978,492
New Jersey New Jersey Office of Information Technology $4,926,106
Alabama Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs $4,874,142
New Mexico New Mexico Department of Information Technology $4,762,287
Maryland Maryland Broadband Cooperative $4,755,768
Michigan Connected Nation (Michigan) $4,755,684
West Virginia West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey $4,749,181
Rhode Island Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation $4,544,787
Wisconsin Public Service Commission of Wisconsin $4,540,152
Idaho EdLabs Group Foundation (name changed from Puget Sound Center for Teaching Learning and Technology) (Idaho) $4,486,214
Tennessee Connected Tennessee $4,479,620
Minnesota Connected Nation (Minnesota) $4,470,035
Hawaii Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs $4,349,940
Wyoming EdLab Group Foundation (Formerly known as Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology) $4,153,833
District of Columbia DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer $4,041,816
Nevada Connected Nation (Nevada) $3,993,441
South Carolina Connected Nation (South Carolina) $3,979,832
Oklahoma Oklahoma Office of State Finance $3,815,185
Connecticut Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control $3,782,938
North Dakota North Dakota Information Technology Department $3,664,087
Vermont Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. $3,542,996
Indiana Indiana Office of Technology $3,294,766

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