Release: New Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Would Bridge Arizona’s Digital Divide, Connect Rural Communities Across AZ
PHOENIX –– Among other historic investments, President Biden’s new Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework includes $65 billion to connect every American to reliable high-speed internet and bring down internet prices across the board. This investment is critical for the 14% of Arizonans who lack adequate broadband infrastructure, despite needing it for remote work or school.
Access to acceptable internet speeds disproportionately impacts rural Arizonans and Tribal communities and varies widely across the state. For instance, in Apache County, just 5% of households have high-speed internet compared to 65% of households in Maricopa County. Of the fifteen counties in Arizona, only one—Maricopa County—boasts broadband for more than fifty percent of its residents.
“These days, reliable high-speed internet is essential to ensure folks have the ability to work remotely, participate in distanced learning, and access tele-health care — and your family’s ability to stay connected should certainly not be determined by where you live,” said ADP Spokesperson Hannah Goss. “President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework will provide a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure to bridge the digital divide and make broadband more accessible and affordable for every Arizona resident.”
Not only will the Biden-backed Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deliver 100% broadband coverage, but it will also work to lower high-speed internet prices for Arizona residents. Right now, 45% of Arizonans live in areas where there is only one provider of acceptable internet connectivity—meaning that even where the infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive. The Framework’s investment will work to increase both accessibility and affordability to ensure that all Arizonans can get connected.