As Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funds continue to roll out, local governments can prepare for pending state block grant broadband funding through the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

What is the BEAD Program?

The BEAD program is a $42.45 billion state block grant to help create universal coverage of broadband through subgrants to entities to build broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas. States were required to create plans describing how they would use BEAD and other funds to create universal broadband service and digital equity for their residents. All states have now submitted these plans, along with an outline of how they intend to run a subgrant process for BEAD funds, to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the federal agency responsible for BEAD. The latest information on how your state is progressing through the federal approval process be found here

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