Expanding the Broadband Workforce: How Three States are Preparing for Equitable Broadband Deployment
The Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides states with unprecedented amounts of funding to deploy broadband infrastructure, improve affordability, and ensure meaningful adoption in communities. Governors are investing in high-speed internet to grow economies and empower people to fully participate in digital society. Yet up to 205,000 fiber optic technicians, as well as thousands of additional engineers and construction workers, will be needed over the next five years to realize these goals. During the National Governor Association’s (NGA) 2023 Broadband Leaders Workshop, participants gathered to share best practices and discuss opportunities and challenges presented by different broadband measures. This NGA commentary explores three promising models for expanding the broadband workforce: leveraging sector partnerships, investing in apprenticeship, and partnering with community colleges.