WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will grant Louisiana $29.9 million to increase broadband capabilities in Acadiana. This funding comes from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and will support the Acadiana Regional Public/Partnership project to expand broadband to more than 22,000 homes in the region. This funding is a separate source of broadband funding in addition to what Louisiana is expected to receive from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law coauthored by Cassidy.
“This is a great first step towards ensuring that every family in Louisiana has access to high-speed internet,” said Dr. Cassidy. “We are excited for this grant and for the hundreds of millions in additional broadband funding the bipartisan infrastructure law will deliver to our state starting later this year.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, is set to distribute a total of $65 billion in broadband funding over the next five years. All states will receive a minimum of $100 million with the remaining $60 billion being distributed to states according to their levels of unserved and underserved areas. Louisiana is projected to receive a significant portion of those funds due to our state’s proportionate need.