The $1.2 trillion tied up in the new infrastructure law goes toward everything from charging stations to faster internet across the country.

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President Joe Biden on Monday signed into law a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that will fund public works projects that could touch every part of the country. “We’ll once again have the best roads, bridges, ports and airports,” Biden said as he signed the bill into law at the White House. “We’ll lead the world into the 21st century with modern cars and trucks and transit systems.”

This won’t authorize another round of stimulus checks, however, or extend the advance child tax credit payments (that extension could come in a different bill later this year — see below for more details), but the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 will tackle big-ticket items such as expanding high-speed internet and building better airports.

This new law has been in the works since June. It’s completely different from the Build Back Better Act, which Congress continues to work on and could include money for more child tax credit checks, housing, health care and child care credits — what some call “human infrastructure.”

For now, here’s what the new infrastructure law Biden signed on Monday could mean for you. And here’s the latest on a possible EV tax credit, the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and the lifted travel restrictions to the US.

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Faster internet across America

A big focus on the infrastructure law — and a good part of the funding — will go to extending high-speed internet into rural areas and helping low-income families pay their monthly broadband bill.

The budget: $65 billion 

What the money is for: Along with building high-speed internet in areas that lack reliable access, the law would require providers to offer an affordable plan for low-income families. The law will set aside $14 billion to help low-income families pay for the cost of an internet connection, extending emergency broadband subsidies the government put in place during the pandemic.

New and repaired roads, highways and bridges

The single biggest spending item in the law is earmarked for the nation’s roads and bridges.

The budget: $110 billion 

What the money is for: According to the White House, 173,000 miles of the country’s highways and major roads as well as 45,000 bridges are in poor condition. The law will set aside almost $40 billion just for bridge repair and replacement.

Electric vehicle investment, including a national network of charging stations

The law will invest in electric vehicles, including buses and a chain of EV chargers along the nation’s highways. (As part of the push for electric vehicles, Congress this year intends to offer EV tax credits.)

The budget: $15 billion 

What the money is for: $7.5 billion will go to building out a national network of EV chargers along highways. Other money will go to EV buses — including school buses — and ferries.

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The law will fund a network of charging stations across the country.


Safer, more modern airports

The law sets aside money for airport maintenance and improvements.

The budget: $25 billion 

What the money is for: To repair and upgrade runways and gates and modernize terminals and air traffic control towers. 

Water safety

Another big-ticket item is money to pay for improvements to the nation’s water system.

The budget: $55 billion 

What the money is for: Among the areas the law will address, it will fund lead pipe replacement across the country and build out water infrastructure in tribal and low-income communities.

Upgrade power grid

The White House said power outages cost the US economy up to $70 billion annually.

The budget: $73 billion 

What the money is for: Updating the nation’s power grid by replacing older power lines and cables and investing in clean-energy research.

Expand public transit

The White House said 24,000 buses, 5,000 rail cars and 200 transit stations are in need of repair. 

The budget: $39 billion 

What the money is for: Improvements to the country’s transit system, including bus and subway car repairs. The law would also fund transit system improvements and extend transit to more riders.

For more, here’s what we know about where the Biden administration stands on net neutrality, which parts of the country are lagging behind in high-speed access and more on how the new law will address the digital divide.

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