Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program

BEAD is now accepting Letters of Intent and Initial Planning Fund Applications for broadband deployment, mapping, and adoption projects. Funding priorities for the program are sequential with the first funding priority for providing broadband to unserved areas (those below 25/3 Mbps), followed by underserved areas (those below 100/20 Mbps), and then serving community anchor institutions (1/1 Gbps). Each state, DC, and Puerto Rico (PR) will receive an initial allocation of $100 million – and $100 million will be divided equally among the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – to support planning efforts including building capacity in state broadband offices and outreach and coordination with local communities.