Infrastructure investment is essential to moving America forward. Yet, much of our nation’s infrastructure needs to be repaired and modernized to meet today’s demands. Local governments and states have stepped up over the past 10 years with more than $3.8 trillion in municipal bonds to address their most pressing infrastructure needs. However, a $2 trillion infrastructure funding gap remains for our nation’s transportation and water networks. This number does not reflect the costs of expanding broadband access, addressing climate change, and investing in workforce development and training programs. The costs of continued inaction are staggering. Congress must prioritize strategic investments in our infrastructure to support a growing and strong economy.  

Legislation and Regulation


Supporting full access to public infrastructure and broadband

Supporting Full Access to Public
Infrastructure and Broadband

COVID-19 is exacerbating the problems created by insufficient critical infrastructure and a lack of broadband access in communities across the country.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic emergency has highlighted the essential role connectivity plays in our lives. Office workers have become telecommuters, doctors’ visits have become video chats, and school, church services, and live entertainment have all moved to livestream.

This COVID-19 principle Response Brief provides guidance and outlines specific actions cities can take to address infrastructure issues affecting local communities during this pandemic.

About the Federal Action Agenda 

The NLC Advocacy Center takes a proactive approach to the decisions and policies coming out of Washington, D.C. In response to those decisions, we have created the Federal Action Agenda as a resource for the latest information and to provide recommendations on how member cities could best respond and implement. Find our up-to-date recommendations and priorities in the Federal Action Agenda