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Washington may be about to take a giant step backward in closing the digital divide
The North Star of communications policy should be to make services faster, better, and cheaper for all. Yet, next year, about 50 million Americans could find that their access to the core communications service of our time—broadband—has become slower, worse, and more expensive, with many even likely to be disconnected. That shift would constitute the […]
The American Rescue Plan, two years later: Analyzing local governments’ efforts at equitable, transformative change
When Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) two years ago this month, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heralded it as “historic, consequential and transformative legislation.” Of the $1.9 trillion in economic relief the law provided, $350 billion in fiscal aid went directly to state, local, and tribal governments through the State and Local Fiscal […]
Biden’s big bet on place-based industrial policy
By now, it’s clear that “Bidenomics” centers heavily on what the White House calls a “modern American industrial strategy.” What’s less recognized, though, is another feature of the new economic push: its strong geographic orientation. Most broadly, the big spending bills of the last Congress—the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP), Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act […]
What state and local leaders need to know about Biden’s semiconductor subsidies
On Tuesday, the Commerce Department released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the CHIPS Incentives Program, which commits $39 billion in new federal subsidies to spur domestic semiconductor manufacturing. Funded by last year’s CHIPS and Science Act, the program represents a watershed moment for semiconductor manufacturers and the U.S. economy. Most notably, the 75-page […]
Informing local and state recovery strategies in ways that link near-term resilience to longer-term economic transformation, racial equity, and economic inclusion.
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