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What is Build America, Buy America?

The Build America Buy America Act, part of President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, says that when the government provides money for building things like roads and bridges, the materials used to build them should be made in the United States. This means things like iron, steel, products made in factories, and materials for construction need to come from the U.S.

Why Build America, Buy America?

At the core of the “Build America, Buy America” initiative lies a commitment to strengthening our nation from within. By prioritizing domestic production and procurement of infrastructure products and components, we’re:

  • Fueling Job Creation: Strengthening industries at home translates into more job opportunities for our communities. As we invest in high-speed Internet infrastructure, we're also investing in American livelihoods.
  • Boosting Economic Resilience: By reducing dependence on foreign supply chains, we enhance our nation's resilience in times of global disruption, ensuring that vital broadband networks remain robust and reliable.
  • Empowering Local Businesses: The "Build America, Buy America" initiative empowers local businesses to contribute to our nation's digital growth.

For more information about the “Build America, Buy America” initiative, visit the MadeinAmerica web site.

Proposed Waiver for Public Comment

NTIA has issued a draft limited, general applicability, nonavailability Build America, Buy America waiver for the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program, a plan that would result in 90% of BEAD costs being spent on components manufactured in the U.S.

Click below to learn more about the waiver.

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BEAD Build America, Buy America Waiver Request for Comment

August 22, 2023
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) charged the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) with establishing the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program and ensuring that BEAD-funded broadband infrastructure projects comply with the Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference (Buy America Preference) of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). In accordance with BABA, this notice advises that the Department of Commerce (DOC) is proposing to issue a limited, general applicability, nonavailability waiver of the Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference (Buy America Preference) to recipients of Federal financial assistance under NTIA’s BEAD Program, which will flow down to subrecipients. Download the waiver and learn more on the Build America Buy America page of the Department of Commerce.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Investments in Domestic Production of Electronics Equipment used in High-Speed Internet Networks

August 16, 2023
Huntsville, AL – Today, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Alan Davidson and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu traveled to Adtran’s Huntsville, AL headquarters, to celebrate the announcement of investments in new high-speed Internet network electronics equipment production in the U.S., made possible by the Biden-Harris Administration’s “Investing in America” agenda.
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