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.

Statesort icon Recipient Total Award
Wyoming EdLab Group Foundation (Formerly known as Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology) $4,153,833
Wisconsin Public Service Commission of Wisconsin $4,540,152
West Virginia West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey $4,749,181
Washington Washington State Department of Commerce (transferred from Washington State Dept. of Information Services) $7,314,042
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology $8,099,979
Vermont Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. $3,542,996
Utah Utah Public Service Commission $5,196,025
U.S. Virgin Islands Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority $3,009,506
Texas Connected Nation (Texas) $8,026,000
Tennessee Connected Tennessee $4,479,620
South Dakota South Dakota Bureau of Information & Telecommunications $5,729,415
South Carolina Connected Nation (South Carolina) $3,979,832
Rhode Island Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation $4,544,787
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Governor’s Office $2,533,678
Pennsylvania PA Department of Community and Economic Development $7,356,301
Oregon Public Utility Commission of Oregon $5,658,302
Oklahoma Oklahoma Office of State Finance $3,815,185
Ohio Ohio Office of Information Technology $7,025,762
North Dakota North Dakota Information Technology Department $3,664,087
North Carolina North Carolina Department of Commerce (Transferred from Rural Economic Development Center, Inc. (e-NC Authority)) $6,610,996
New York NY State Office of Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure $8,923,532
New Mexico New Mexico Department of Information Technology $4,762,287
New Jersey New Jersey Office of Information Technology $4,926,106
New Hampshire University of New Hampshire $6,113,338
Nevada Connected Nation (Nevada) $3,993,441
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