The entire population of the US might be just 8 years from total digitization as the Biden administration has given a green light to a $45 billion initiative called "Internet for All." As part of the initiative, the funds will go toward making "affordable, reliable, high-speed internet for everyone in America by the end of the decade."

Being part of the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the initiative is expected to build internet infrastructure and teach digital skills "for everyone in America," a press release says. US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo says that with the latest move, the country will "no longer be held back by a lack of high-speed internet access."

We are going to ensure every American will have access to technologies that allow them to attend class, start a small business, visit with their doctor, and participate in the modern economy.

Those states interested in the program will need to submit a "letter of intent" alongside a planning funds budget to get $5 million in capital to begin creating their five-year action plan. 

The Biden administration also notes that each state is guaranteed a "minimum $100 million allocation," with additional funding depending on the circumstances. With the funding, states could roll out more Wi-Fi networks and install fiber-optic cables.

According to data from Statista, there were over 307 million internet users in the United States as of January 2022. Meanwhile, there were also around 270 million active social media users.

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