With millions at play, Louisiana pushes fiber internet for Acadiana

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Millions of dollars in federal funds for high-speed internet infrastructure are prompting a local push to bring investment in that infrastructure to Acadiana’s smaller towns where internet services lag.

Acadiana’s cities, towns and parishes are set to receive more than $240 million in federal funds through the recently passed American Rescue Plan, which requires the funds to be spent either offsetting the COVID-19 pandemic’s economic impacts, funding premium pay for essential government workers, replacing lost government revenue or investing in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure. 

President Joe Biden’s administration is also pushing a new infrastructure bill that would add another $100 billion to federal broadband infrastructure spending, with an emphasis on municipally owned providers, like LUS Fiber, that are under “less pressure to turn profits” and have “a…

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