US Commerce Secretary Raimondo to unveil $5M in funding for expanding broadband access

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Rhode Island’s congressional delegation will announce $5 million in federal funding Monday to expand broadband access for all.

The goal for this funding, which comes from the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment program, is “to enhance broadband access and help close the digital divide.”

This money will aid the state’s goal in helping provide those in underserved neighborhoods have access to broadband internet.

Alongside the $5 million, an additional $500,000 will come from the Department of Commerce “to address digital inclusion efforts in three main areas: affordable internet, access to technology devices, and digital skills-training.”

Raimondo and the state’s federal delegation will also be joined by Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Elizabeth Tanner at the Providence Public Library.

INFLATION CONTINUES

While Raimondo was in Rhode Island, we also spoke with her about the current state of our nation’s economy.

A topic that’s at the forefront for The Secretary of Commerce and former Governor.

“Inflation is a problem, it’s hard on people and it’s the presidents top priority. I am not worried that we will end up in a recession like 08-09. Our economy is much stronger now than it was then,” Raimondo said.

Here’s why The Secretary of Commerce said Rhode Island won’t be left behind.

“Rhode Island is in a strong place, with this announcement today, we’re going to be putting people to work laying fiber, connecting homes, fixing roads, bridges and that’s a cushion and we will certainly be able to get through it.”

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