NTIA Seeks Comment on $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act Programs

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) directed the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to distribute $48 billion in funding through several different programs, to improve access to affordable, reliable, high-speed internet service for everyone in the United States.

NTIA has published a request for comments on the $2.75 billion Digital Equity Act of 2021 Program, and on the design and implementation of two components of that grant program: the $1.44 billion State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the $1.25 billion Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program.

NTIA seeks feedback from all interested stakeholders, including small businesses and Tribal entities, as it develops the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for each grant program.

Submit written comments on or before 5 PM (ET) on May 1, 2023, at Regulations.gov (docket NTIA-2023-0002), via email to digitalequity@ntia.gov, or by mailing a printed submission to:

National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 4878
Washington, DC 20230
Attention: Digital Equity RFC

NITA will also hold a series of public virtual listening sessions to be announced shortly.

Please contact Jamie Saloom at Jamie.Saloom@sba.gov at the Office of Advocacy with your small business concerns.