October 06, 2022

Massachusetts Delegation Announces $145 Million from U.S. Treasury to Deploy High-Speed Internet Across Commonwealth

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Bill Keating (D-Mass.), and Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation,  today joined leaders from the White House and the Department of the Treasury in announcing that Massachusetts will receive $145 million in federal funding from the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) to improve broadband access in communities across Massachusetts.

“Reliable, high-speed internet is basic infrastructure that is absolutely essential for work, school, and connecting with loved ones,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. “This vital investment from the Treasury Department will help residents across Massachusetts access affordable, high-speed internet service and bring much needed support to frontline communities that have been historically shortchanged on infrastructure improvements.”

“High-speed internet is the connective tissue of our commercial, social, and civic lives, allowing friends and families to communicate across continents and small businesses to reach new markets,” the members of the Massachusetts delegation said in a joint statement. “This $145 million in funding for Massachusetts will help serve some 16,000 locations in our Commonwealth, bringing high-speed internet to thousands of Massachusetts households and especially benefiting low-income communities and communities of color, who disproportionately lack access to broadband internet. It is past time that all families in our great Commonwealth reap the benefits of high-speed internet, and it is past time we close the Digital Divide. With this funding, Massachusetts is closer than ever to achieving that elusive goal.”

“The pandemic exposed longstanding challenges that workers and families face when they don’t have adequate access to the internet, especially those living in rural areas and other unconnected communities. That is why the Biden-Harris Administration’s broadband investments across the country are so critical,” said Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo. “This funding through the American Rescue Plan will help provide affordable, high-speed internet service to communities across Massachusetts, including the most rural parts of the state. We commend Massachusetts for targeting this funding to places where it is most urgently needed across the state.”

The CPF was created in the American Rescue Plan and provides $10 billion to states, territories, freely associated states, and Tribal governments for critical capital projects including reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure and other digital connectivity technology projects.

In August 2022, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-Hawai’i) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel urging the FCC to consider more ways to advance Native communities’ access to and ownership of spectrum over their lands. In July 2020, Senator Warren joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) in introducing a bill to ensure that millions of Americans can access essential broadband connections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, Senator Warren sent a letter with Senator Markey to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to take emergency action to address broadband internet accessibility for students, workers and patients and ensure equal access to the internet during the COVID-19 outbreak. She also joined Senator Markey in seeking a waiver to E-Rate rules during the outbreak.