The conservative critic of the broadband program highlighted inaccurate FCC mapping data in a report.
Space is extremely limited for the in-person event; Zoom in instead with the Broadband Breakfast community.
The state plans to serve 20,000 locations with 100 * 100 Mbps broadband.
The Capital Projects Fund money will go to infrastructure and community centers.
Will the program's matching funds requirement stretch federal dollars, or hinder smalller providers?
Experts said the waiver will make it more practical for BEAD projects to comply with Buy America rules.
Other programs can fund BEAD matching requirements.
Outlines subgrant processes and application scoring criteria.
The program can function as a gap filler for other federal funding.
Leaders asked that providers share fiber routes for cost modeling.
Buy America provisions are seeping into state and provider policies.
How will prior broadband programs impact BEAD Implementation?
Coalitions can give small players more influence in the telecom space, said panelists at Fiber Connect.
The model allows states to test various inputs and visualize the implication of different cost thresholds.
Maine is one of the first states to submit its plan to the NTIA, following Delaware.
States must overcome numerous hurdles before BEAD will be able to succeed.
Counties can alleviate match requirement through ARPA funds.
Infrastructure should be built to accommodate future scalability and not merely current demands.
Companies have announced over $166 billion in semiconductor investments since the CHIPS Act was passed.
ISPs can’t be expected to understand all program rules and processes, event hears.
Internet traffic points will create a 'better ecosystem for interconnection.'
In keynote luncheon fireside chat, Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., raised concerns about some BEAD requirements.
Concerns include minimum cost per location thresholds and Build America requirements.
'A data-driven approach will encourage states to be more transparent, open and honest.’
Proposed changes to regulations would lift program revenue restrictions for recipients of BEAD funds.
The group attributes surging costs to unforeseen post-COVID challenges
The benefit would go beyond tribes to other high cost locations.
A strong fiber bias in broadband funding means that underserved communities remain at risk of being left behind.
Legislation to help close the rip and replace funding gap still awaits votes in Congress.
Preference will be given to applications that are cost effective.
States can customize the definition to fit specific needs.
AT&T expects fixed-wireless to be key player in BEAD funding.
Updates increase speed requirements and facilitate coordination with BEAD and ACP programs.
Christine Hallquist, head of the Vermont Community Broadband Board, was previously CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative.
The groups are raising $25 million for connectivity in underserved areas along Appalachia.
Virginia is waiting for data on the number of unserved and underserved locations in the state.
Bead will connect over 90 percent of all locations, both unserved and underserved, to high-speed internet.
Cartesian predictions follow closely with BEAD allocation announcements on Monday.
Challenge processes include timeline, transparency and mapping requirements, with changes impacting community anchors and individuals.
The Digital Equity and Opportunity Initiative will support state coalitions that work to support digital equity projects.