American Jobs Plan to jumpstart rural economy by creating jobs in rural America
Today, the Biden Administration released highlights of its $2 trillion infrastructure plan, the “American Jobs Plan,” which includes investing $100 billion in broadband – specifically in rural America. In an effort to boost the economy, devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and simultaneously invest in America’s infrastructure, the White House’s plan for broadband investment targets reaching 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage goal and specifically targeting funds for infrastructure on tribal lands.
In a myriad of initiatives targeting infrastructure improvement across the county, Biden’s plan also sends money directly to rural communities, such as the establishing a $5 billion Rural Partnership Program geared toward rural economic development. “President Biden gets that rural economic development is co-dependent on deploying broadband to rural America. If we have broadband in rural America and improve our transportation infrastructure to get goods to market, we can attract businesses to rural areas by lowering operational costs. This will not only create jobs in rural America, it will allow the U.S. to bring back overseas operations which, in turn, will allow us to better compete with China and other foreign countries,” noted Carri Bennet, RWA’s General Counsel.
RWA looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to implement the American Jobs Plan.