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Broadband Equity Access and Deployment Program

Overview

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Check here to find out if your state/territory has its BEAD or Digital Equity Draft Plans/Proposals out for Public Comment

Learn more about CostQuest licensing

NTIA has released a limited general applicability nonavailability waiver of the Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference as applied to recipients of the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program.

Click below to learn more about the waiver.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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BEAD State Broadband Office Resource Index

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Initial Proposal Resources

BEAD Challenge Process Data Submission - Data Quality, File Formats, and Common Issues
BEAD Challenge Process Data Submission - Data Quality, File Formats, and Common Issues
BEAD Challenge Process Policy Notice
BEAD Challenge Process Policy Notice
BEAD Model Challenge Process
BEAD Model Challenge Process

These CSV templates are intended to support Eligible Entities in implementing the challenge results submission data format requirements, as outlined in the Policy Notice:

 

 

BEAD Initial Proposal Guidance and Templates
BEAD Initial Proposal Guidance Volumes I and II

 

 

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Tracked Changes and Comments Received

NTIA sought feedback from the public from April 25, 2023, to May 5, 2023, on a BEAD Challenge Process Policy Notice to provide Eligible Entities with additional guidance on how to design and conduct their BEAD challenge process and a Model BEAD Challenge Process.

Comments and versions with tracked changes against the draft versions are provided below.

NEPA Resources

NEPA for BEAD

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BEAD NEPA OBLIGATIONS are detailed in Section 13 Environmental and Historic Preservation (EHP) Review on page 7

Smart Start for BEAD
Smart Start - How to Plan and Prepare for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance for BEAD
NEPA for BEAD FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) NEPA for BEAD Addendum

General NEPA Guidance and Tools

Smart Start for BEAD
Guidance on NTIA National Environmental Policy Act Compliance
NEPA for BEAD FAQs
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Program Comment for Federal Communications Projects
NHPA Consultation Process Fact Sheet
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Consultation Process Fact Sheet
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Environmental & Historic Preservation Fact Sheet
ESA Section 7 Fact Sheet
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultations Fact Sheet
Wetland Regulatory Authority Fact Sheet
Wetland Regulatory Authority Fact Sheet
NEPA Review: Categorical Exclusions
NEPA Review: Categorical Exclusions Fact Sheet
Environmental Assessment Fact Sheet
NEPA Review: Environmental Assessments Fact Sheet

NEPA: Environmental and Historic Preservation Compliance Webinar

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Permitting and Environmental

Information Application

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NBAM Training Series: NTIA Permitting and Environmental Information Application

 

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Technical Assistance

Find information, technical assistance, and documentation to help manage your award.

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Funding Recipients

See all of the announced award recipients, the award totals, and locations for this grant program.

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Program Archive

Need documents from past stages of the program? Visit the program archive for past FAQs, program documentation, and assistance sessions.

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Press Releases

Keep up with all of the latest news, events, and updates for this program. Visit the News and Updates page.

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Blogs and Events

Need documents from past stages of the program? Visit the program archive for past FAQs, program documentation, and assistance sessions.

News and Updates

Important Ideas to Streamline Broadband Permitting and Support Internet for All Deployments

By Jill Springer, Senior Advisor, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, NTIA

High-speed Internet service connects and builds communities, accelerates economic progress, and enhances public service capabilities. Installing broadband infrastructure can be complex due to permitting processes and regulations that may influence the availability of public rights-of-way, poles, conduits, ducts, and other necessary facilities.

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