The Divide: ConnectLA's Veneeth Iyengar on Louisiana's BEAD and digital equity plans

This week: Veneeth Iyengar, executive director for Louisiana's broadband office (ConnectLA), on the state's initial BEAD proposal and Digital Equity Act plans, the importance of keeping the Affordable Connectivity Program going and more.

Nicole Ferraro, Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast

June 26, 2023

At a Glance

  • Current pools of funding Louisiana is using to close the digital divide (04:20)
  • Overview of ConnectLA's initial digital equity plan and BEAD proposal (07:55)
  • The importance of the ACP to closing Louisiana's digital divide (15:05)

This episode features Veneeth Iyengar, executive director for the state of Louisiana's broadband office, ConnectLA. We look at the progress the state has made toward closing the digital divide and discuss the various pools of federal funding providers are using to build their networks. We also cover Louisiana's draft Digital Equity Act plan and the state's initial proposal for the Broadband, Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program, plus the importance of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and more.

For a lightly edited transcript of this conversation, click the caption button on the video player.

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About the Author(s)

Nicole Ferraro

Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast, Light Reading

Nicole covers broadband, policy and the digital divide. She hosts The Divide on the Light Reading Podcast and tracks broadband builds in The Buildout column. Some* call her the Broadband Broad (*nobody).

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