Affordable, reliable high-speed Internet has become essential for individuals and communities in an increasingly digital world. To further the development of the upcoming phases of the Digital Equity Act, NTIA issued a request for comments on March 2. 2023. The comment window closed on May 1, 2023, resulting in 252 written submissions provided by a wide range of stakeholders from across the country. NTIA also hosted four public listening sessions reaching more than 400 stakeholders to obtain responses from those who were unable to provide written comments.
The comments and listening sessions will help inform the design and implementation of the $1.44 billion State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and the $1.25 billion Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program. All written comments received are available on regulations.gov.