December 10, 2021
** Shaheen was a key negotiator on the infrastructure package, led the bipartisan broadband talks **
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today virtually met with New Hampshire stakeholders to discuss how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offers a unique investment in broadband, connecting communities across New Hampshire to reliable high-speed internet. During the virtual roundtable, Shaheen discussed the importance of increasing broadband connectivity and digital equity, especially in rural communities.
As the lead negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure deal, Shaheen secured $ 65 billion to support the rollout of broadband across the country. The package also builds on the Broadband Emergency Benefit (EBB) program by investing $ 14.2 billion to help working and low-income families access affordable high-speed internet access.
She was joined to today’s roundtable by Deb Fournier of NH Telehealth Alliance; Carol Miller of the National Collaboration for Digital Equity; Carole Monroe of ValleyNet; David Justice, director of NH GRANIT at UNH; Henry Underwood of the Southwest Regional Planning Commission; Nik Coates of the Grafton County Broadband Committee and the City of Bristol; Julie Dolan President of the Sandwich Broadband Committee; and Rich Grogan, executive director of the Northern Frontier Regional Commission.
“Granite Staters all over the state deserve to have access to reliable broadband and high speed” said Senator Shaheen. âToday, I spoke with New Hampshire stakeholders on how the landmark bipartite infrastructure package that I negotiated will expand access to Internet services in New Hampshire. During the negotiations, I spent long nights and early mornings crafting broadband arrangements, as bridging the digital divide is critical to the success of our families, students and businesses. I am excited to see these historic investments heading to New Hampshire, I will continue to fight for resources to keep our communities connected. ”
You can watch the full roundtable session here.
Shaheen was one of the main negotiators of the Historic Infrastructure Bill’s provisions dealing with broadband infrastructure and water. In June, Shaheen joined President Biden and a bipartisan group of senators in announcing the framework of the package. Shaheen joined members of the bipartisan group on the floor of the Senate to unveil the text of the bill in August. This package will provide a significant investment in our country’s basic infrastructure priorities – including roads and bridges, railways, public transport, ports, airports, power grid, energy systems water supply and broadband. He is valued bring New Hampshire more than $ 1 billion to repair roads and bridges, more than $ 400 million to improve the state’s water infrastructure and a minimum of $ 100 million to develop high internet access debit.