Local networks are important for bringing high-speed Internet to communities. But local networks aren't enough. They need to connect to robust, high-capacity national and regional networks. Middle mile infrastructure makes this possible. By connecting to major networks, local networks can ensure reliable high-speed Internet service for even the most remote communities.
The Enabling Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program provides funding for this vital part of our nation's high-speed network. With $1 billion in funding, the program will reduce the cost of bringing high-speed Internet to unserved and underserved communities.
This program supports the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure.
Key questions to consider when preparing your application:
- Will this network result in lower prices for consumers?
- Will this project connect areas that currently lack service?
- Will this project provide more reliable Internet service?
- How long will it take to build the network?
- Does the applicant have a demonstrated record of compliance with federal labor and employment laws?
- How does this project account for climate change risks?
See Middle Mile Application Guidance Package for:
- Step by Step Application Guidance
- Application Templates
- Application Checklist and Form Packet
- Letter of Credit Template
Who Can Apply
The following entities may apply to this program:
- State governments
- Political subdivisions of states
- Tribal governments
- Technology companies
- Electric utilities
- Utility cooperatives
- Public utility districts
- Telecommunications companies
- Telecommunications cooperatives
- Nonprofit foundations
- Nonprofit corporations
- Nonprofit institutions
- Nonprofit associations
- Regional planning councils
- Native entities
- Economic development authorities
- Partnerships of two or more entities described above
Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
You can find full details about this program in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Download the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)
For help on how to start a broadband project, visit BroadbandUSA.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don't see the answer to your question please submit to InternetForAll@ntia.gov.