BEAD Program: A Framework to Allocate Funding for Broadband Availability
A CARTESIAN STUDY for ACA CONNECTS | SEPTEMBER 28, 2022
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s $42.5B Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program holds out tremendous opportunity to close the broadband availability gap. To assist States and Territories and ACA Connects Members in seizing that opportunity, ACA Connects engaged Cartesian to develop a framework for how each State and Territory can spend BEAD funds on fixed broadband projects to connect their unserved and underserved locations.
Cartesian developed a framework that uses the latest data to estimate the number of unserved and underserved locations in each State and Territory and the amount of BEAD funding that they will receive. Using a proprietary and detailed model, we then develop fixed broadband deployment scenarios that explore how these funds can be used to maximize coverage. We understand that our analysis will evolve as we get better information from the FCC’s Broadband DATA Maps, but we believe our framework will give States and Territories a head start in developing plans to award funds for fixed broadband deployment projects to capable and experienced providers.