VP Harris Announces Millions For Broadband And Flood Resilience Investment In Louisiana
VP HARRIS IN LOUISIANA - Vice President Kamala Harris paid a visit to Louisiana yesterday to celebrate a $30 million federal grant that will fund high-speed internet for 11 rural Acadiana communities. Speaking before a large crowd at the Sunset Community Center, Harris said funds will be used to build high-speed fiber-optic internet infrastructure for some 22,000 households in rural Acadiana whose areas do not have access to reasonable internet speeds.
"Investments in high-speed internet that we celebrate today, along with what we will continue to do to expand or work around things like climate resilience with the bi-partisan infrastructure law, will have a transformative impact on communities across our country," Harris said.
The $30 million grant is coming from the federal Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration as part of its $277 million Broadband Infrastructure Program. Gov. John Bel Edwards, joined Harris in Acadiana Monday and said winning such a large federal grant was an enormous achievement for the Acadiana Planning Commission. Harris also announced that $40 million dollars from the bi-partisan infrastructure law will be made available for building flood resilience for Acadiana.