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BIL Opportunity: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

Open Date:

5/13/2022

Close Date:

7/18/2022 - Letters of Intent due; 8/15/2022 Initial Planning Funds Applications due

Upcoming Milestones:

Upcoming webinar:  Jun 1, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time

Internet for All Webinar Series – NOFO Technical Assistance Webinar: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program Application Process

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. It’s meant to help states and territories understand the application process. This webinar will provide applicants with technical assistance and prepare them to write high-quality applications. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides $65 billion to expand high-speed internet service. It funds programs that support planning, infrastructure, and adoption efforts. Programs promote digital equity and inclusion. Our goal is for everyone to have the skills and access they need to get connected.

Register here: https://ntia-gov.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_ZeUSnGi6RF2MUkCjPynsUw

Eligible Recipients:

  • State Government

Program Purpose:

Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Commerce

Overview

The BEAD Program will provide a total of $42.45 billion to Eligible Entities (agencies or other bodies chosen in each state and U.S. territory) to distribute to subgrantees for broadband expansion, with a priority for unserved locations,1 to rural areas.  The BEAD Program will allocate a minimum of $100 million to each state, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and $25 million to each of the four other U.S. territories,2 and 10 percent of the total allocation of funds will be distributed based on unserved locations in high-cost areas.3  The bulk of the funding will be allocated to the Eligible Entities on the basis of their share of unserved locations.4

Funds will be distributed in three phases.  Eligible entities will receive up to $5 million each for planning efforts.  Once the broadband DATA maps5 have been made public, funding will be allocated among the states and they will submit initial broadband plans to NTIA describing their objectives and strategic plans, and identifying unserved locations.  Upon approval, Eligible Entities will receive 20% of the allocated funding.  They will then submit final plans to NTIA with detailed plans for allocation of funding, implementation, oversight, and accountability.  When these final plans are approved, Eligible Entities will receive the rest of the allocated funds.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – match required
Total Amount Available:
$42,450,000,000
Limit per Applicant:
$100,000,000
Estimated Awards:
51

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

If you have questions about this program, please email [email protected].

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