Oregon will be flush in money to dramatically expand broadband – but that’s not happening soon

Dozens of households and businesses in Cave Junction got high-speed internet, thanks to money from the CARES Act. (Illinois Valley Data Center)

Oregon will reap at least $100 million to expand broadband services to homes and businesses throughout the state from the new infrastructure bill passed by Congress.

The money has many people’s attention, including lawmakers, internet experts and local governments. 

“This is exciting stuff,” said Mallorie Roberts, legislative affairs manager for transportation and community development for the Association of Oregon Counties. “It’s an historic investment. We have to watch how the money flows.”

State Rep. Pam Marsh, an Ashland Democrat who’s pushed legislation to expand broadband access, agreed, calling the money a “game changer.”

“In five years if we use this money strategically, we can have high . . .