October 9, 2023 | Members of AFL’s executive leadership team recently met with the Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Stephen Benjamin, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s Build America, Buy America Act (BABA) policies and funding related to the expansion of broadband access and modernizing the power grid across America.
“AFL is supportive of the Biden administration’s infrastructure initiatives, especially as they relate to universal broadband access and grid modernization,” expressed Jaxon Lang, AFL President and CEO. “We believe that we are well positioned to make significant contributions to these initiatives and are prepared to make the necessary investments.”
According to the White House, the requirements for BABA are essential to maximize the economic potential of the Internet for All initiative. By manufacturing the necessary construction materials domestically, manufacturers have the opportunity to create jobs and deliver affordable, reliable high-speed internet service to millions of Americans. The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program will use funds to purchase items made in the U.S., to support the deployment of the broadband infrastructure necessary for universal coverage.
Since 1984, AFL has provided industry-leading fiber optic cable, connectivity and accessories that support communications for electric utilities, wireline and wireless network operators.
To learn about AFL’s efforts to comply with domestic preference requirements and other resources related to BABA, please visit our website.
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise, hyperscale and industrial markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
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Public Relations Specialist, AFL