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The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, provides $42.45 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to expand high-speed Internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment, and adoption programs across the country.
South Dakota will use these funds to build on the strong foundational layer of broadband infrastructure the State has set forth. The State views this as a means to continue implementing its vision of creating economic opportunity and bridging the digital divide in the State.
INITIAL PROPOSAL DRAFT – VOLUME 1
The Initial Proposal Volume 1 explains how South Dakota will run its BEAD Challenge Process. Required for BEAD, the Challenge Process – an opportunity for providers, nonprofits and local governments to challenge unserved and underserved locations in South Dakota. Volume 1 also outlines existing broadband funding, establishes unserved and underserved locations on the Federal Communication Commission’s National Broadband Map and defines BEAD-eligible Community Anchor Institutions.
INITIAL PROPOSAL DRAFT – VOLUME 2
The Initial Proposal Volume 2 outlines defined objectives for broadband infrastructure projects, transparent subgrantee selection processes and the active participation of eligible entities, all aimed at providing affordable broadband service options to residents.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
The public comment period is intended to promote transparency by gathering feedback from stakeholders. ConnectSD seeks public input on the draft Initial Proposals, Volume 1 and Volume 2. Please review and comment until December 1, 2023.
FIVE YEAR ACTION PLAN
The five year plan provides more detailed information about the current state of broadband in South Dakota, the State’s efforts to expand broadband so far, and the initiatives that it will be able to undertake through the BEAD Program.