Delaware to invest $110M in ‘last-mile’ broadband expansion
Delaware – Boosted by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding, Delaware is aiming to become the first state to reach every home and business with high-speed, wired broadband service.
Gov. John Carney announced on September 16 that the state would invest $110 million to cover every “last mile” of Delaware with high-speed, wireline broadband internet service.
About 11,600 Delaware homes and businesses lack access to high-speed, wireline broadband service. The broadband infrastructure project will target investments to areas unserved or underserved, lacking a wireline connection, and will prioritize projects that achieve “last mile” connections to households and businesses.
Despite the Delaware Broadband Initiative helping the state achieve national recognition for the fastest broadband speed in the U.S., significant broadband deserts exist in Kent and Sussex counties.
The state anticipates opening grants to vendors in October.