NTIA Issues BEAD Initial Proposal Guidance

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"The Initial Proposal is the “first draft” of an Eligible Entity’s Final Proposal for BEAD grant funding, and, among other things, should explain how States and Territories will ensure that every resident has access to a reliable, affordable, and high-speed broadband connection, drawing on all funding available to accomplish this goal, including but not limited to BEAD Program funds. The BEAD NOFO, Section IV.B.5.b outlines 19 Requirements of the Initial Proposal. Section IV.C.2.c.i also requires Eligible Entities to submit a middle-class affordability plan, which will henceforth be considered the twentieth requirement of the Initial Proposal."

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