NTIA Seeks Comment on Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Broadband Programs

Womble Bond Dickinson
Womble Bond Dickinson

The RFC seeks comment on several BIL broadband grant programs to be administered by NTIA, including: the BEAD Program, the Digital Equity Planning Grant Program, and the Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Program. NTIA intends to release a RFC on the two other digital equity programs at a future date: (1) the State Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program and (2) the Digital Equity Competitive Grant Program. NTIA also plans to gather stakeholder input on questions related to the additional funding provided for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, created under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, at a later date.

At the outset, NTIA “welcomes input on any matter that commenters believe is important” to its BIL implementation, and not just those raised in the specific questions. NTIA also expresses particular interest in suggestions for how to effectively implement these new funding programs, based on commenters’ experiences with other federal or state funding programs. Accordingly, there may be opportunities to influence these new broadband grant programs, for example, by urging NTIA to add to the range of supported services to cover precision agriculture across or emphasizing the role of wireless technologies in broadband deployment. BIL Broadband Programs General Questions

With regard to the three programs at issue in this RFC, NTIA seeks comments on a full range of issues and invites stakeholders to offer suggestions on how to effectively implement these new funding programs. NTIA generally seeks comment on how these programs will: (1) bring reliable, affordable, high-speed broadband to all Americans; (2) […]

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