The infrastructure bill will shrink the digital divide

Congressional funding for connectivity will begin addressing an overlooked type of inequality in the US

Key Points

  • The infrastructure package provides $65 billion in broadband and 5G funding to expand access for remote and rural communities, along with additional funding for cybersecurity and transportation technologies.
  • It gives more power to state and local governments to decide how to spend the funds and what providers to utilize, but this is only the beginning for the much-needed overhaul of US digital infrastructure.
  • Increased access to a reliable connection will provide more economic opportunities for households in rural and remote areas—especially with remote work here to stay—as well as give marketers more consumers to reach.