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BEAD Program Broadband access Digital Divide

Future with BEAD

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs – where is the money going?

Today many Americans lack access to affordable, reliable high speed internet.

The BEAD Program includes $42 billion for high-speed internet access.

What is the target of this infrastructure funding?

  • UNSERVED locations with no access to 25/3 Mbps
  • UNDERSERVED locations with no access to 100/20 Mbps

Key Questions When Preparing Application

  1. Will these projects result in coverage for everyone in this state or territory?
  2. How will this project serve communities of color and address historic lack of investment in underrepresented communities?
  3. Will this project result in affordable internet service for consumers?
  4. What technology will be used to deploy the network and what speed will it provide to consumers? How easily will this technology scale over time?
  5. How long will it take to build the network?
  6. Does the applicant have a demonstrated record of compliance with federal labor and employment laws?
  7. How does this project account for climate change risks?
  8. Is this project sustainable, and can it provide a lasting solution for the community it serves?

Eligible entities must conduct coordination with local governments, Tribes, community orgs, and individuals within their jurisdiction.

Email info@wncbroadband to get involved.

Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program | Internet for All. Published 2022. Accessed May 15, 2022.