White House Speeds Up Broadband Infrastructure Buildouts

U.S. President Joe Biden signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as he is surrounded by lawmakers and members of his Cabinet during a ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House on Nov. 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.
President Joe Biden signs the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law last year. (Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The White House said Thursday (October 13) it was taking new steps to speed the infrastructure buildouts, including the broadband plant it is bankrolling with tens of billions of dollars from its Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The Biden administration said the implementation of that law had already delivered "impressive early results," but said it was critical to pick up the pace. That effort was unveiled at the White House Accelerating Infrastructure Summit, where the "action plan" was announced across all infrastructure projects funded by the infrastructure bill, as well as the Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPS and Science Act.

The White House said that acceleration includes the Departments of Commerce and Transportation initiating a "dig-once" effort that is meant to prevent multiple digs for broadband, transportation and electricity projects by coordinating the planning, design and construction of those projects.

In addition, the Departments of Commerce and the Interior — the latter through the Bureau of Indian Affairs — will be teaming to speed up environmental permitting "for more rapid delivery of high-speed internet projects on Tribal lands." ■

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.