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The Divide: TIA CEO David Stehlin on how to succeed with BEAD

David Stehlin, CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association, joins to talk about the BEAD Success Summit being held this week, and the main issues the industry hopes to resolve in the lead up to BEAD.

Nicole Ferraro

April 17, 2023

At a Glance

  • Overall goal of and plan for the BEAD Success Summit (02:30)
  • BEAD's network security and resilience requirements (06:36)
  • What the "success" of BEAD ultimately looks like (16:55)

This episode features David Stehlin, CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). TIA will host a BEAD Success Summit in Arlington, Virginia, this week – gathering industry and government stakeholders – focused on resolving and clarifying certain rules related to the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

We discuss the goal of the BEAD Success Summit and some of the issues that are front of mind for the industry, including Buy America rules, cybersecurity and resilience requirements and BEAD's extreme high-cost threshold.

Here are a few topics discussed in this episode:

  • Background on the Telecommunications Industry Association and its membership (01:07)

  • Overall goal of and plan for this week's BEAD Success Summit (02:30)

  • BEAD's network security and resilience requirements (06:36)

  • How Buy America rules might be applied for Middle Mile and BEAD grants (11:40)

  • What concerns there are about BEAD's extreme high-cost threshold (15:00)

  • What the "success" of BEAD ultimately looks like (16:55)

For an unedited conversation transcript, click the caption button on the video player above.

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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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