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Expanding access to high-speed internet is a top priority. To date, the Delaware Broadband Office has identified more than 11,600 homes and businesses that do not currently have access. However, we know they do not represent all unserved addresses. We need your help to find every unserved location in Delaware. To self-report if you do not currently have internet access, go to the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) National Broadband Map. Confused on how to use the FCC map? For step-by-step instructions, reference this BroadbandNow article.
We are already at work connecting more than 6,000 addresses. This deployment is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). To see what areas are going to soon receive high-speed internet from ARPA funding and other government programs, review this map.
Delaware is expected to receive over $100 million to bring Internet to All Delawareans under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This funding will primarily be used to deploy high-speed internet infrastructure to unserved households. Funds can also be used on digital equity priorities such as addressing affordability, building digital skills, and increasing cyber security. To learn more about these broadband funding opportunities, review Delaware's Broadband Strategy.
Volume Two of our Initial Proposal and the Delaware Digital Equity Plan (en español | an Kreyòl Ayisyen) are now live. Visit our Broadband Community Engagement page to read them and send us comments by the due dates.
Affordable Connectivity Program
If you have access to the internet, but are having trouble affording your subscription, you may quality for the Affordable Connectivity Program (“ACP”). If you, or someone you live with, receives governmental support such as SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free/Reduced Lunch, you are likely eligible for ACP.
If you are eligible, you could receive up to a $30/month discount on your internet service and a one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or computer device.
Delaware receives over $5 million in planning grant funding from the Biden Administration and begins plans to bring Internet to All Delawareans.
GIS Broadband Hub launched to help keep Delawareans updated on the project, search for service providers, or report lack of service for inclusion in the project.
Governor Carney announces the Delaware Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program to make high-speed wired broadband connections available to every home and business in the First State.
- Grant opened on 10/18/2021.
- Questions submitted by 10/29/2021.
- Responses to questions provided 11/12/2021.
- Submissions by vendors due /17/2021.
With funding made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Delaware was able to:
Delaware partners with Bloosurf to create the Rural Wireless Broadband Initiative.
DTI announces Rural Broadband Pilot.
Investment in expanding fiber backbone from Seaford to Lewes.
Completion of fiber line running from Middletown to Georgetown.