Three More States Receive $350 Million from Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema praised the program for ‘delivering real solutions to Arizonans.’

Three More States Receive $350 Million from Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund
Photo of Ariz. Sen. Kirsten Sinema by Gage Skidmore from April 2022 used with permission

WASHINGTON, February 21, 2023 – The Treasury Department on Tuesday announced $350 million in broadband funding to the states of Arizona, Wyoming and Tennessee under America Rescue Plan’s Capital Project Fund.

Tennessee is approved to receive $185 million through the state’s Last Mile Connection program and its Middle Mile Buildout Program, both of which will participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program. The state anticipates it will connect 50,000 households and businesses.

Arizona is approved to receive $99.4 million for the internet infrastructure through two state-wide programs, the Arizona Broadband Development Rural Infrastructure Grant program and the Arizona Broadband Development Urban Infrastructure Grant program. Through these programs, the state plans to connect 127,807 households and businesses to high-speed internet.

“Today’s investment in Arizona increases connectivity across our state, ensuring everyday Arizonans have access to high-speed internet no matter where they live,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. “By closing the digital divide, we’re delivering real solutions to Arizonans as they gain meaningful careers, access needed health care services, continue their educations, and connect with loved ones they hold dear.”

Wyoming is approved to receive $70.5 million to fund the Connect Wyoming grant program for last-mile infrastructure projects in areas that lack access to 100 Megabit per second (Mbps) * 20 Mbps. It is expected that it will serve 11,700 households and businesses.

Many other states have received funds from Capital Projects Fund, including Arkansas, Connecticiut, Indiana, Nebraska and North Dakota.

Treasury’s Capital Projects Fund provides $10 billion to states, territories, freely associated states, and Tribal governments to fund critical capital projects that enable work, education, and health monitoring in response to the public health emergency. In addition to the $10 billion provided by the Treasury Department, many governments are using a portion of their State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds toward connecting to affordable, reliable high-speed internet.

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