Federal Broadband Funding Negotiations Continue

Center for Connected Health Policy

June 2021

As the administration and Senate Democrats attempt to come to a bipartisan infrastructure deal over the next month, they have since presented a counter offer of $1.7 trillion, $65 billion of which would expand broadband funding.

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan originally totaled $2.3 trillion, $100 billion of which was designated to broadband. As noted in recent CNBC articles, as the administration and Senate Democrats attempt to come to a bipartisan infrastructure deal over the next month, they have since presented a counter offer of $1.7 trillion, $65 billion of which would expand broadband funding. While Senate Republicans then put forward a $928 billion counteroffer, there appears to be agreement on both sides with the piece of the proposal designating $65 billion to broadband. Nevertheless, discussions on other issues remain far apart and it is possible to pass the bill without Republican support in the evenly split Senate, therefore Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently expressed his desire to continue the process with or without Republicans to get comprehensive jobs and infrastructure legislation done this summer. For more information read the American Jobs Plan in its entirety - https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-jobs-plan/.