National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Launches BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Dashboard

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NTIA has launched a new BEAD Initial Proposal Progress Dashboard that the public can use to monitor the progress of states and territories as they work toward implementing the $42.45 billion Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. For the first time, the public will have insights into each of the 56 eligible states’ and territories’ progress toward submitting their initial proposals for the BEAD program by the December 27, 2023 deadline. Initial Proposals are critical plans that show how each state or territory will spend millions – or billions – of funding to expand high-speed Internet service.

States and territories have 180 days from June 30th—the date on which they received official notification of their BEAD allocation—to submit their Initial Proposal. Once NTIA approves a state’s proposal, that state can request at least 20% of their allocated funds. The BEAD Initial Proposal consists of two separate volumes: Volume I is focused on the Eligible Entity’s challenge process; Volume II consists of the remainder of the Eligible Entity’s BEAD implementation plan as detailed in the BEAD Notice of Funding Opportunity. States and territories are presented in order of the number of milestones reached and will be updated weekly.

Additionally, the Dashboard notes whether NTIA has approved each volume. The Dashboard contains six key milestones the states and territories should reach to meet the 12/27 deadline.

  1. Share a pre-submission draft of Volume 1 with NTIA for guidance and feedback
  2. Release Volume 1 for public comment
  3. Submit Volume 1 for NTIA approval
  4. Share a pre-submission draft of Volume 2 with NTIA for guidance and feedback
  5. Release Volume 2 for public comment
  6. Submit Volume 2 for NTIA approval

About the National Telecommunications and Information Administration
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.

To view the Dashboard, visit the Internet for All webpage.