NTIA Seeks Comment on Handing Out Broadband Billions


The National Telecommunications & Information Administration, the lead agency overseeing the Biden Administration's tens of billions of dollars in new broadband subsidy aid authorized by the infrastructure bill, is seeking public input on just how to hand it out, primarily to states for their own broadband buildout efforts.

NTIA, the White House's chief communications policy adviser, has issued a request for comment, is handing out about $48 billion of the new law's roughly $65 billion.

NTIA is planning a series of virtual public listening sessions as part of its effort to collect input but is also letting stakeholders weigh in through the newly opened comment docket (www.Regulations.gov, NTIA-2021-0002).

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.