State Connections

The broadband working group for state legislators

The federal government is allocating over $45 billion to help states improve broadband. State Connections was created to help state legislators navigate this opportunity.

State Connections is a working group for state legislators and their staff. Join monthly meetings to share ideas and best practices with your peers from across the country.

State Connections will help you:

Understand broadband programs

Align with federal requirements

Network with legislative peers

Evaluate policy options

Connect with stakeholders

Promote local engagement

Join State Connections!

After submitting, you can register for the Zoom meeting.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

The Challenge:

Broadband is complicated, expensive, and takes a long time to build.

  • For years, there has been insufficient federal funding to support broadband infrastructure in rural and low-income areas. What funding was available was often used on technologies that are now out-of-date, or it was entrusted to providers that never built the promised networks. As a result, tens of millions of Americans currently live without broadband.
  • States are being given an opportunity to rectify this problem. The federal government is allocating each state historically large sums of money and empowering them to address nearly every facet of the digital divide—access, affordability, and adoption. However, money alone will not solve the problem. States must first address policy issues that have historically prevented money from being used effectively—broadband definitions, staffing levels, permitting and related issues, sustainability of funds, and oversight.

The Opportunity:

State legislators can maximize the impact of federal funding.

  • States that pass strong broadband legislation and align laws with federal requirements will allow broadband offices to implement comprehensive, far-reaching programs.
  • Any state legislator can be part of the solution. There is an abundance of resources, expertise, and bi-partisan political will to support state broadband champions.
  • Local communities will benefit by actively participating in broadband programs and opportunities. State legislators are uniquely well-positioned to facilitate this local action.