IIJA is the single largest investment ever in our country's broadband access. Through formula programs, our state will receive over $153 million to ensure that every New Jerseyan has reliable access to high-speed internet.
A three-pronged approach will help expand broadband access, affordability, and adoption:
1. Through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program New Jersey will receive at least $100 million to increase wireless internet strength in communities that are unserved and underserved by broadband access.
2. The State Digital Equity Program will provide New Jersey with $28 million to close the digital gap and improve broadband adoption across our state.
3. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is expanded under IIJA with over $25 million of new funding for New Jersey to make internet access more affordable. The ACP provides a subsidy of up to $30/month for low-income families to use towards the internet service plan of their choice, and also subsidizes mobile devices from certain service providers.