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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program

Banner showing that Pennsylvania received $1.16 Billion in federal funding to support affordable, reliable high-speed internet service across the commonwealth

High-speed internet access is a necessity. It helps to ensure public safety, increases opportunities for businesses and workers, and provides an equal opportunity for students.

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program  (a BEAD Overview Fact Sheet is also available.) is providing $42.45 billion for states, territories, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and Puerto Rico (P.R.) to use for broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption projects. Pennsylvania has been awarded $1.16 billion in federal BEAD funding.

BEAD Challenge Process

The BEAD program requires Pennsylvania to conduct a map challenge process, which will assist in determining which Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) and Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) will be eligible to be served utilizing BEAD funds.

BEAD 5-Year Action Plan

In June 2023, Governor Josh Shapiro announced that Pennsylvania will receive more than $1.16 billion in federal funding under the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA). The PBDA completed a 5-Year Action Plan to meet federal requirements. This plan, which informs both residents and partners of the Commonwealth’s efforts to bridge our digital divide, was approved in October 2023.

Initial Proposal Volume I & II

Federal guidance also requires the completion of an Initial Proposal: Volume I & Volume II. Volume I has been approved. It outlines existing broadband funding, unserved/underserved Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs), Community Anchor Institutions, as well as the challenge process for BEAD funding. Volume II has been approved. It outlines local coordination efforts, subgrantee selection process, implementation activities, labor standards and workforce readiness, low-cost service options, middle-class affordability, and more.

BEAD Program Milestone Completion and Implementation Timeline

May 2022
Program Open

5.13.22

July 2022
Letter of Intent (LOI)

Due – 7.18.22 – SUBMITTED

Aug 2022
Planning Funds
Application Due – 8.15.22 Approved on 11.15.22
Part of the 4-Year Implmentation
Aug 2023
5 Year Plan
Submitted 8.11.23 Approved 10.6.23
Part of the 4-Year Implmentation
Dec 2023
Initial Proposal Volume I & II
Volume 1 submitted 10.27.23 and approved 2.14.24. Volume II submitted 12.8.23 - Approved 5.6.24
Part of the 4-Year Implmentation
May 2025
Final Proposal
Due 5.6.25
Part of the 4-Year Implmentation
4-Year Implementation
NOTE: The above timeline is approximate unless an exact date is specified.

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