broadband.money logo
3 things state broadband offices need to do to prepare for NTIA's BEAD grant program Thumbnail Image

3 things state broadband offices need to do to prepare for NTIA's BEAD grant program

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration held a webinar on May 17 focused on the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Notice of Funding Opportunity

The webinar highlighted three important items to keep in mind as states begin to receive money for broadband planning.
The first, according to Evan Feinman, deputy associate administrator for BEAD, was for states to consider your office’s capacity. 

Each state will receive a minimum of $100 million. Very few states have the human resources required to adequately run a program of this magnitude, he said.

The second is to build up research and data collections of broadband coverage at a state level. The Federal Communications Commission will soon release a new mapping system. It will be necessary, said Feinman, to “engage meaningfully” with these maps using state’s own research and data. Furthermore, states should have the necessary data to engage with internet service providers and the NTIA as they determine who is served and unserved.

Third, states should develop a clear-cut plan for outreach and communication support with stakeholders. Stakeholders include telecom providers, tribal governments, local governments, and community organizations.

The planning step is a great point for stakeholders to become involved in the process, said Feinman. “There is an expectation that lives throughout this program that folks are going to engage really thoroughly and in an outgoing way with their stakeholders.”

A version of this piece was also published on Broadband Breakfast.

More Articles

Report: Private Telcos Thwart WA Public Utilities’ Plans For Rural Broadband Thumbnail Image

Report: Private Telcos Thwart WA Public Utilities’ Plans For Rural Broadband

January 25, 2023

Residents of Elma in Washington State struggle to access the internet. Our broadband audit quantifies the town's lack of connectivity.

Broadband.money

Detroit mayor sounds alarm on rescue plan funds being clawed back Thumbnail Image

Detroit mayor sounds alarm on rescue plan funds being clawed back

January 20, 2023

Detroit's mayor warns his peers to mind the fallout from Feds' fight over the debt ceiling

Broadband.money