RFP Summary provided by the agency
The BEAD Program’s principal focus will be on deploying broadband service to unserved locations (those without any broadband service at all or with broadband service offering speeds below 25 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream/3 Mbps upstream) and underserved locations (those without broadband service offering speeds of 100 Mbps downstream/20 Mbps upstream). Eligible Entities that demonstrate they will be able to ensure service to all unserved and underserved locations will be free to propose plans that use remaining funds in a wide variety of ways, but NTIA underscores its strong preference that Eligible Entities also ensure deployment of gigabit connections to community anchor institutions such as libraries and community centers that lack such connectivity. Eligible Entities can apply any additional funding to pursue eligible access-, adoption-, and equity-related uses, as well as any other uses approved by the Assistant Secretary that support the Program’s goals.
This program will lay critical groundwork for widespread access, affordability, equity, and adoption of broadband, create good-paying jobs; grow economic opportunities, including for local workers, provide increased access to healthcare services, enrich educational experiences of students, close long-standing equity gaps, and improve the overall quality of life across America.
- NTIA website: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/resources/grant-programs/broadband-equity-access-and-deployment-bead-programhttps://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20562/nsf20562.pdf
- Program Application guidance: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/sites/default/files/2022-05/BEAD%20Planning%20Application%20Guidance.pdf
- Pre-NOFO Technical Assistance: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/resources/grant-programs/broadband-equity-access-and-deployment-bead-program#3940
What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
How do you submit to this opportunity?
Complete Letters of Intent, Requests for Initial Planning Funds, Five-Year Action Plans, Initial Proposals, and Final Proposals must be submitted electronically through NTIA’s online application portal, available at https://grants.ntia.gov/
Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?
State of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. In cases of application failure, an Eligible Entity’s political subdivision, or a consortium of such subdivisions, may seek to act in the place of the Eligible Entity
- May 16, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Bipartisan infrastructure Law Overview
- May 17, 2022: Internet for All Webinar Series: Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program
- Additional webinars here: https://broadbandusa.ntia.doc.gov/events/latest-events