US Ignite is pleased to announce $214,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation to identify ARPA funding opportunities that support local broadband deployments for 10 Knight communities. The initiative will assess community networking options in underserved neighborhoods and will educate residents on sustainable broadband business models to ensure successful and sustainable long-term operations.

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"Whether it's developing an efficient way to apply for business permits or helping engage residents around pressing issues like climate change, we know that technology and data play essential roles in improving civic participation and government services. Knight supports these organizations and their innovative solutions to ensure the efficiency of public services and the empowerment of residents in community development." Lilian Coral, Director for National Strategy and Technology Innovation, Knight Foundation

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About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
As social investors, the Knight Foundation supports democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. Learn more at and follow @knightfdn on social media.