Build Better Broadband
Atlantic City, NJ: City Council
Atlantic City is one of 6 grantees of the Build Better Broadband (BBB) program, formed in partnership with EntryPoint and Biarri Networks to fund planning grants in diverse, low-income, and historically underserved communities where municipal networks, community networks, or social enterprises can expand affordable, reliable connectivity.
Learn more about the BBB program and all grant recipients.
Building Better Broadband in Atlantic City
Like many places, Atlantic City’s economy was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, City leadership made closing the digital divide a top priority in its strategy for economic and social recovery. To lead this effort, they assembled a cross-functional team of State and City representatives with expertise in finance, law, planning, engineering, social services, and project development. This team is particularly focused on removing the broadband affordability barrier that many residents currently face.
The Build Better Broadband grant will provide the roadmap the team needs to achieve its digital equity ambitions. As well as creating a robust plan to advance connectivity in Atlantic City, the master plan will help the City identify and pursue various sources of federal, state, and private capital needed to implement the plan. It will also be a critical resource for neighborhood community development corporations to inform their revitalization strategies.
“It’s about time we break the broadband barrier and give our residents affordable, quality services,” said Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. “I know how much this will mean to the great people of the City of Atlantic City. My Administration makes decisions based on what’s best for the individuals who reside and make a living in Atlantic City. This will benefit their quality of life and help them thrive in this digital age, and I’m just happy to see the necessary steps have been taken through this grant to get this City better connected.”
It’s about time we break the broadband barrier and give our residents affordable, quality services.
Marty Small, Sr., Atlantic City Mayor