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
Alabama Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs $4,874,142
New Jersey New Jersey Office of Information Technology $4,926,106
Maine State of Maine, ConnectME Authority $4,978,492
Utah Utah Public Service Commission $5,196,025
Georgia Georgia Technology Authority $5,229,940
Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Technology $5,302,717
Colorado Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology $5,382,082
Oregon Public Utility Commission of Oregon $5,658,302
Nebraska Nebraska Public Service Commission $5,662,785
South Dakota South Dakota Bureau of Information & Telecommunications $5,729,415
Iowa Connected Nation (Iowa) $5,769,942
Montana Montana Department of Commerce $6,084,826
New Hampshire University of New Hampshire $6,113,338
Massachusetts Massachusetts Broadband Institute $6,162,554
Arkansas Connect Arkansas $6,175,366
Arizona Arizona Government Information Technology Agency $6,358,179
Kansas Department of Commerce, State of Kansas (transferred from Connected Nation) $6,371,514
Alaska Connected Nation (Alaska) $6,378,198
Illinois The Partnership for a Connected Illinois $6,554,641
Missouri Missouri Office of Administration $6,573,382
North Carolina North Carolina Department of Commerce (Transferred from Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. (e-NC Authority)) $6,610,996
Louisiana State of Louisiana Division of Administration $6,649,679
Mississippi Office of the Governor, State of Mississippi $7,011,691
Ohio Ohio Office of Information Technology $7,025,762
Washington Washington State Department of Commerce (transferred from Washington State Dept. of Information Services) $7,314,042

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