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JULY 2023


The Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment program will invest $42.5 billion in high-speed internet across the country. Following the White House funding announcement on June 26, 2023, state broadband offices have begun to react and release reports on their next steps in the landmark broadband infrastructure measure.
States have a lot of work to do to prepare for the federal funding coming down the pipeline, and due to each state’s unique situation, each five-year action plan lays out different priorities and goals.

Learn more in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for July 2023.

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JUNE 2023


The increasingly hostile technology race between the United States and China now revolves around the key to the modern economy: semiconductors. Semiconductors are the microprocessors that power smartphones and washing machines and automobiles. Indeed, these chips are needed in advanced weaponry and artificial intelligence. That places them at the focal point of international tension. Simply put, semiconductors are the world’s new oil.

And, as both President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo have been quick to note, American ingenuity invented the semiconductor. But today, the U.S. currently produces only 12 percent of the world’s supply, none of which are the most advanced. This is down from 40 percent in 1990.

Learn more in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for June 2023.

MAY 2023


In a late April Senate appropriations committee hearing, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the department and its telecom agency, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, are aiming to get money from its $1 billion Enabling Middle Mile Infrastructure grant program out of the door by the end of June — in line with its goal of spring for release.

“We are working so hard to get the middle mile money out by the end of June — that would be my goal,” Raimondo said.
The program is among several historic funds that emerged from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, and it aims to expand the transport route that connects the internet backbone to the last mile, which in turn plugs into homes and businesses.

The exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for May 2023 includes a refresher on the program’s rules, the criteria on which projects will be evaluated, the Buy America waiver and thoughts from trade associations as the NTIA gears up to announce winners.

APRIL 2023


It was the last of three landmark legislative packages to pass Congress and be signed by President Joe Biden in August 2022. But the Inflation Reduction Act, with its goal of directing $400 billion in federal funding to clean energy, is a central part of the administration’s strategy to revitalize American industry.

Taken together with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of November 2021 and the CHIPS and Science Act of July 2022, the three laws amount to more than $2 trillion in federal investment for enhancing—and dramatically reshaping—the physical and industrial capacity of America’s $25 trillion economy.
Broadband infrastructure is a crucial part of this investment, as are the semiconductor manufacturing efforts by the CHIPS Act. But make no mistake: The Biden administration’s vision for the new American economy is one that is determinedly green and high-tech. It has a goal of substantial lowering the nation’s carbon emissions by the end of the 2020s.

For green energy to really take root, smart grids and better broadband are necessary.

Learn more in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for April 2023.

MARCH 2023


In the 27 years since the so-called “26 words that created the internet” became law, rapid technological developments and sharp partisan divides have fueled increasingly complex content moderation dilemmas. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court tackled Section 230 for the first time through a pair of cases regarding platform liability for hosting and promoting terrorist content. In addition to the court’s ongoing deliberations, Section 230—which protects online intermediaries from liability for third-party content—has recently come under attack from Congress, the White House and multiple state legislatures.

Many Democrats want the ability to hold online platforms liable for any content they carry, arguing that Section 230 enables disinformation, hate speech and extremism to proliferate unchecked. Many Republicans want the ability to sue online platforms for any content they take down, claiming that Section 230 facilitates widespread censorship of conservative content. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have both called for the repeal of Section 230.

Learn more in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for March 2023.


It’s a central concern looming over the broadband industry as it prepares for a massive infusion of federal funds for infrastructure deployment: Will the providers of fiber optic networks be required to use equipment that is not readily available within the United States? 

In mid-January, the Fiber Broadband Association sent a letter to Sen.
John Thune, R-S.D., ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband, about an issue the group said was “harming project planning and investment.”

The letter was referring to the Build America, Buy America statute in the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act, legislation signed in November 2021 that carved out $65 billion for broadband. The domestic preference provision requires that American-made materials make up the majority of the costs of projects using federal funds, which the FBA flagged as a possible problem that will require additional waivers to ensure the timely buildout of infrastructure.

Learn more in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for February 2023.


The allocation of billions of dollars of broadband infrastructure money is contingent on the big update to the broadband map of the Federal Communications Commission, which has set Jan. 13, 2023, as the deadline for challenges to a preliminary version released on Nov. 18, 2022. That deadline is intended to set a timeline for the version of the map — after challenges — that will guide the NTIA in divvying out to the states by this June 30 the $42.5 billion from the BEAD Program.

As cities raise issues with the current difficulty of putting together adequate resources to accurately challenge the map in time for a January deadline that even the NTIA head said made him feel “uncomfortable,” and as states grapple with conflicts between their mapping contractor and the FCC’s, Broadband Breakfast has laid out the things to know about the challenge process and a summary of how we got here in the exclusive Broadband Breakfast Club Report for January 2023.


From the first year of the IIJA to the controversies surrounding mapping, not to mention the ongoing fight over content moderation, it’s been a big year for all things broadband. Over the first 12 business days of December, we’ll dive into a dozen of the year’s most significant stories and analyze what they mean moving forward — exclusively for members of the Broadband Breakfast Club.

On the Twelfth Day of Broadband, my true love sent to me:
❄ 12 or more state broadband officers
❄ 11th year of Xi Jinping’s rule in China
❄ More than $10 billion remaining in the Affordable Connectivity Program
❄ $9 billion Universal Service Fund
❄ 8,132,968 census blocks and a national broadband fabric
❄ 7.7% annual inflation rate
❄ Wi-Fi 6E
❄ 5 Federal Communications Commissioners
❄ $42.5 billion in Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment funds
❄ Section Two-30 of the Communications Decency Act
❄ 24 Reverse-Preemption Pole Attachment States
❄ and A Symmetrical Gigabit Network.