ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – Gov. John Bel Edwards joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the first-ever Broadband Solutions Summit at the Hotel Bentley on Wednesday with a major announcement about the future of high-speed internet in Louisiana.
NTIA Special Rep. for Broadband Andy Berke announced Louisiana as the first recipient of Bipartisan Infrastructure Acts funds going toward broadband expansion. Those funds total $3 million for the planning phase before the state receives more money for actual implementation, which Edwards said he anticipates will be around $1 billion.
In his remarks following the NTIA announcement, Edwards touted Louisiana’s goal to eliminate internet disparities in the state by 2029. To that end, he announced the second round of GUMBO grant funding totaling $66 million, going toward 10 parishes. In Central Louisiana, that includes Vernon and LaSalle Parish, receiving first-time money, as well as Avoyelles and Allen Parish receiving an additional round of funding.
The money for the GUMBO program is a combined $176 million from the American Rescue Plan matched with the investment from private internet companies who will build the networks in each parish.
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