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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $2.1M to USVI to Increase Digital Inclusion Efforts

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced that the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) can apply to receive $2,100,000 to empower individuals and communities with the tools, skills and opportunities they need to benefit from meaningful access to high-speed Internet.

As part of the “Internet for All” initiative, a key component of President Biden’s “Investing in America” agenda, NTIA announced today the availability of more than $800 million nationally in funding for states from the Digital Equity Act’s State Capacity Program.

“President Biden is committed to ensuring everyone in the U.S. Virgin Islands and across America has access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet service,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Commerce’s work building high-speed Internet infrastructure is only part of the equation. Families in the Virgin Islands need the tools and skills required to make the most of that Internet connection, and that’s the $2.1 million opportunity we’re announcing today. President Biden’s digital equity initiative will make the promise of the Internet come alive for everyone, no matter where they live or what their background is.”

States will use this funding to begin implementation of their digital equity plans. The USVI plans to use its funding to create a more digitally resilient territory, powered by a highly skilled workforce and knowledge-based economy.

Through community collaboration, these digital equity plans outline the states’ approach to empowering communities with equitable access and opportunities to adopt a high-speed Internet connection and develop essential digital skills to fully participate in society and the digital economy.

The state’s funding was calculated based on a formula defined in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. The formula takes into account the relative population of the state (50%), the relative size of the covered populations residing in the state (25%), and the comparative lack of availability and adoption of broadband (25%).

Details and a national news release related to this announcement are available on www.InternetForAll.Gov

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