Dear FBA Members,
Today marks a historic moment for all Americans with the passing of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, that includes an enormous $65B investment for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas and adoption by in-need consumers. This is the largest single Federal investment in broadband, and it will enable communities across the country to invest in fiber as their critical infrastructure, delivering jobs, economic development, online education, remote healthcare, public safety, smart grid modernization and a path to future services, such as 5G. This investment will not only greatly improve nearly every aspect of our lives today but will help ensure digital equity for generations to come. I want to thank our members for joining us on zoom calls with dozens of Congressional offices and for your efforts to help ensure this legislation gained bipartisan support. I also want to thank the FBA lobbyist team of Steve Perry and Kim Bayliss of Perry Bayliss, our regulatory chief counsel, Tom Cohen of Kelley Drye and our Public Policy Chair Ben Moncrief of C Spire, Policy Board Liaison Joanne Hovis of CTC and all the members of the FBA Public Policy Committee for their leadership, expertise, and passion as we worked to drive this legislation over the goal line.
FBA President and CEO, Gary Bolton's letter to Fiber Broadband Association Members after the passage of the Infrastructure Bill from on November 5, 2021 can be found here https://www.fiberbroadband.org/d/do/4214. You can also listen to Gary's statement by visiting, "Historic Investment in Broadband" from FBA President and CEO, Gary Bolton (November 5, 2021) - YouTube.