Issue Brief 20-19
August 20, 2020

Access to broadband–which refers to the transmission of wide bandwidth data through a high-speed internet connection–has received increased attention and dedicated federal funding in recent years. In particular, the focus has been on increasing broadband access in rural areas. The coronavirus pandemic and the transition to remote learning and work have heightened interest in broadband investments.

This brief summarizes recent developments related to federal broadband funding and identifies grant and loan programs that support various forms of broadband expansion.