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Delaware to be First State Again – With Broadband

Updated September 20, 2021
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Governor John Carney, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, members of the General Assembly, and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI) gathered at Bridgeville Fire Company to unveil a $110 million universal broadband investment. It’s intended to cover the entire state with the capability to offer high speed, wired broadband service, effectively making Delaware the first state to do so.

“Delawareans rely on stable internet connections to apply for jobs, help their children do homework, work from home, or continue their education online,” said Governor Carney. 

“This significant investment will recognize that reality, and make sure all Delaware families have access to high-speed broadband service. We know that’s more important than ever after the lessons we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

This initiative was made possible by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that was signed into law by President Joe Biden in March. Currently, about 11,600 Delaware homes and businesses are in unserved or underserved areas that lack access to wired, broadband internet. This project will prioritize those areas. 

To find out what else the American Rescue Plan can do for local communities, click here.

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