This document provides additional guidance on some of the more complex concepts and requirements as part of the BEAD Initial Proposal including the difference between primary vs. secondary subgrantee selection scoring criteria, the extremely high cost per location threshold vs. high-cost areas, and the low-cost broadband service option vs. Middle-Class Affordability Plan.
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Guidance for State Broadband Offices (SBOs) and local digital equity programs on supporting ACP enrollment.
Guidance and timeline designed to support small ISPs in signing up to offer ACP benefits to qualifying customers.
Guidance on how to identify and build upon the eligible entity’s existing resources, networks and strengths to achieving Internet For All. Includes guidance on reaching the right populations, understanding the digital equity ecosystem, and data management.
Provides an example applicable programming interface (API) specification for the BEAD Challenge and Rebuttal process that can be used by BEAD Eligible Entities when designing the intake mechanism/portal for accepting challenges and rebuttals.
This resource provides guidance on the types of activities an Eligible Entity BEAD Challenge Process portal tool should support on challenges and rebuttals.
Frequently asked questions and responses on NTIA's Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment program.
Eligible Entities that have an existing broadband plan that has been completed in the last 12 months from the date of receipt of Initial Planning Funds should provide an index, crosswalk, or similar document that allows the reader to locate content relevant to the requirements of the NOFO. This document is a sample crosswalk outlining how Eligible Entities may show alignment between their existing broadband plans and the NOFO requirements.
Guidance on how to structure and what to include in the Five-Year Action Plan to meet the 13 requirements outlined in the NOFO.
Optional template to support each Eligible Entity in capturing notes and developing its Five-Year Action Plan.
NTIA is concerned about protecting certain populations from being subject to research without their informed consent, and that human subjects should not incur increased risk of harm from their research involvement beyond the normal risks inherent in everyday life. To that end, NTIA requires grant recipients to take special precautions if HSR involves certain populations. Examples include surveys, interviews, observations, and other methods described in the guidance below.
Eligible Entities are required to submit BEAD Initial Report 90 calendar days following the award date (from their CD-450) of BEAD program grant funds to include planned and actual usage of funds and other information. The following form provides a sample to assist Eligible Entities in drafting their reports.