Our mission is to keep you informed about the latest updates on the Broadband Expansion and Adoption Development (BEAD) Program. In this article, we present a summary of recent developments and funding initiatives related to BEAD. Stay tuned to discover the latest news and advancements in the past week regarding BEAD funding.

Biden Administration Allocates $42.45 Billion for Broadband Equity Access and Deployment

The Biden Administration has unveiled plans to distribute over $42.45 billion in broadband funding to all 50 states through the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These funds will empower states to enhance internet connectivity in unserved and underserved areas by partnering with various entities, fostering broadband infrastructure and adoption. The BEAD Program’s rollout will involve a meticulous process of proposal submission, public engagement, and grant allocation to bridge the digital divide across the nation.

Pennsylvania Aims to Utilize $1.16 Billion BEAD Funding for Broadband Expansion

Pennsylvania plans to deploy over $1.16 billion in federal funds from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program to expand high-speed internet access across the state. The initiative, supported by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, aims to connect thousands of underserved locations over five years. The Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority will administer the funds, partnering with counties and utilizing community input to drive effective broadband infrastructure investments.

Indiana Launches Final Round of Next Level Broadband Grants

Indiana initiates its last round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, offering $80 million in grants to expand high-speed internet accessibility for rural Hoosiers. The program, a key part of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections initiative, aims to bridge the digital divide and enhance broadband infrastructure across the state. The grants, with a maximum of $5 million per project, are poised to contribute to Governor Holcomb’s broader efforts to connect more residents, schools, and organizations, while aligning with the federal Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program’s goals.

Montana Readies $629 Million BEAD Funds for Statewide Broadband Expansion

Montana gears up to utilize approximately $629 million from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program to enhance high-speed internet access across the state. Designated to address unserved areas, the funds, allocated under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, come with specific guidelines, in contrast to prior funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. Montana’s challenge involves determining cost-effective technologies and providers for comprehensive broadband infrastructure, with an “initial proposal” due for submission to federal authorities by December 30.

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Ambarian, J. (2023, July 13). Montana planning for next round of Broadband Funding. KTVH. https://www.ktvh.com/news/montana-planning-for-next-round-of-broadband-funding
Marissa Meador, I. C. C. J. 12. (n.d.). Final round of broadband grants open Today. Indiana Capital Chronicle. https://indianacapitalchronicle.com/briefs/final-round-of-broadband-grants-open-today/
Marley Parish, P. C.-S. J. 12. (2023, July 12). How Pennsylvania plans to deploy $1.16B allocated for Broadband Expansion – Pennsylvania Capital. Star. https://www.penncapital-star.com/transportation-infrastructure/how-pennsylvania-plans-to-deploy-1-16b-allocated-for-broadband-expansion/
Ntia announces allocations for $42 billion in bead funding for expanding high-speed internet access. JD Supra. (n.d.). https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ntia-announces-allocations-for-42-9373152/

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