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The second in a series of virtual public roundtable meetings hosted by federal and state agencies will be held March 23 for New Jersey residents to learn more about the Internet for All initiative that aims to make high-speed internet access more affordable and available.

This second online meeting at 1 p.m. on March 23 will focus on “covered population outreach” and workforce development, said Brynn Deprey NJ federal program officer for National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

High-speed Internet deployment and equity projects will create over 150,000 good-paying jobs. The $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program aims to drive investment in a skilled, competitive, and diverse telecommunications workforce.

NTIA and the New Jersey Office of Broadband Connectivity will continue hosting monthly meetings through July about the BEAD program and Digital Equity Act grant funding.

Under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, a historic $65 billion in funding is available to the states to transform the nation’s digital infrastructure. More than $300 million has already been distributed to states for planning grants to prepare to use the coming billions in broadband funding effectively.

To register to participate in the March 23 meeting, go here.