Biden-Harris administration approves Colorado and New Hampshire's "Internet for All" initial proposals

The two states requested access to BEAD funds totaling over $1 billion. #pressrelease

June 11, 2024

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The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved Colorado and New Hampshire's Initial Proposals for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program, a cornerstone of the Biden-Harris Administration’s "Internet for All" initiative.

This approval enables Colorado and New Hampshire to request access to funding and begin implementation of the BEAD program—a major step towards closing the digital divide and meeting the President's goal of connecting everyone in America with affordable, reliable, high-speed Internet service.

Today's action allows states to request access to:

  • New Hampshire: More than $196 million

  • Colorado: More than $826 million

The BEAD program is a $42.45 billion state grant program authorized by President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The states, territories and Washington D.C. were allocated funding to deploy or upgrade high-speed Internet networks to ensure that everyone has access to reliable, affordable, high-speed Internet service.

Once deployment goals are met, any remaining funding can be used on high-speed Internet adoption, training, and workforce development efforts, among other eligible uses.

BEAD-eligible entities—the 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia—are required to submit for NTIA's approval an Initial Proposal detailing how they plan to spend their BEAD allocation to deliver high-speed Internet access to all unserved and underserved locations within their borders. All states submitted their Initial Proposals by December 27, 2023.

Read the full press release here.

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