This listening session will focus on our Request for Comment on Broadband Programs in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. NTIA will review the logistics of how to submit written comments on a wide range of policy and program considerations associated with new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). NTIA will also provide an opportunity for attendees to provide live feedback on the following policy questions:
- Beyond the five specific uses listed in the law, what other uses of BEAD funds are necessary to facilitate the goals of the program and therefore should be added to the eligible uses included in the NOFO?
- How can NTIA promote affordability through the four IIJA broadband programs?
- How should NTIA target its middle mile investments to promote last mile affordability and resiliency?
- How should NTIA ensure that States/territories consult with Tribal entities within their boundaries to coordinate on ensuring service to unserved and underserved areas, as well as digital equity in Tribal areas?
Due to the high degree of interest in our NTIA Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Broadband Programs: Public Virtual Listening Session #2 event, there could be issues logging into the session. If you have problems or for those that are unable to attend the event, the full recording of the listening session will be posted on the BroadbandUSA website within 7 days of the event.
We will have additional listening sessions in January and February 2022. Please visit the upcoming events section on our BroadbandUSA website to learn more about these sessions. The sessions are planned for the following dates:
- The focus of the meeting will be the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program
- The focus of this meeting will be the Enabling Middle Mile Infrastructure Program
- The focus of this session will be the Digital Equity Act Programs
We look forward to working together as NTIA gather’s input on the five new broadband grant programs authorized and funded by the IIJA.