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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

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.

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Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Initial Planning Funds

Program Application Guidance

Program Application Checklist and Packet

SAMPLE Application Narrative and Budget Documents

NTIA Grants Portal

Key Dates

Frequently Asked Questions for BEAD program

Includes frequently asked questions with answers. This resource was developed in response to inquiries from you and will be updated frequently. If you do not see the answer to your question please submit to This update was made 9-12-2022.


Workforce Planning Guide for BEAD Program Eligible Entities

NTIA offers this Workforce Planning Guide as a resource for Eligible Entities completing submissions for Internet For All programs.  This guide intends to primarily support Eligible Entities developing submissions to the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program but may also be applicable as entities develop their Digital Equity Plans.  It supports Eligible Entities in developing their workforces for grant implementation as well as designing workforce plans and standards for subgrantees.


For more information about Building America’s Workforce, please visit the Internet for All Workforce Development page.



Technical Assistance

Program Sequencing

Key Dates

NOFO Release/Application Intake Opening

May 13, 2022

Letter of Intent Due

July 18, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. EDT

Request for Initial Planning Funds Due

August 15, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. EDT

Five-Year Action Plan

Within 270 days of receipt of Initial Planning Funds

Program Fund Allocation and Notice of Available Amounts

On or after the date on which the FCC Broadband DATA Maps are made public

Initial Proposal

180 days to submit after issuance of their Notice of Available Amounts

State Challenge Process

Challenge: Begin after submission of Initial Proposal and before allocating BEAD funds

Final Classification: After resolving each challenge and at least 60 days before allocating grant funds for network deployment

20 Percent Funding Release

Assistant Secretary shall make available to the Eligible Entity 20% of the grant funds

Final Proposal and Release of Remaining Funds

No later than twelve (12) months after the date upon which the Assistant Secretary approves the Eligible Entity's Initial Proposal


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