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Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment Program

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program is a federal program that provides $42 billion nationwide to expand high-speed broadband access. BEAD was funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is overseen by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). BEAD prioritizes unserved locations that have no internet access or limited access under 25/3 Mbps and underserved locations that only have access under 100/20 Mbps.

Indiana was awarded $868 million in BEAD funds to ensure that every Indiana resident has access to high-speed, reliable, affordable broadband access.

The Indiana Broadband Office is planning and currently determining exactly how BEAD funds will be spent in the state. The first step towards this planning is the drafting and submission of the Initial Proposal, a document that contains two volumes and describes how the Indiana Broadband Office will determine which addresses, called broadband serviceable locations (BSLs), in Indiana are eligible for these funds and how funds will be allocated and awarded to Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Each volume of the Initial Proposal will be posted online for a 30-day public comment period.

BEAD Challenge Phase

The Indiana BEAD Challenge Phase began on March 4, 2024, and ended on April 17, 2024. All the challenges will be reviewed by May 1st and the Rebuttal Phase begins May 2nd. You can access all the Indiana BEAD Challenge Phase resources on the Challenge Phase page.

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BEAD Rebuttal Phase

The Rebuttal Phase begins May 2nd, and will close June 1, 2024. During the Rebuttal Phase, permissible challengers can provide rebuttal evidence against challenges that were submitted during the Challenge Phase and an opportunity for permissible challengers to correct any changes they believer were made in error or are incorrect.

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IBO BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2

BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 2 is Posted

The Indiana Broadband Office’s Initial Proposal Volume 2 was available for public comment until December 3, 2023.

This document adheres to NTIA guidelines, which are available for review here.

Download Initial Proposal Vol 2

We want to hear your questions and comments!

The Indiana Broadband Office’s public comment period for the Initial Proposal has concluded, but your questions can still be answered. We encourage Indiana residents, community organizations, businesses, local units of government, and other groups to review the Initial Proposal and email with any questions.

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Initial Proposal Volume 1

Initial Proposal Volume 1 is available to download. It has been approved by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

This document adheres to NTIA guidelines, which are available for review here.

Download Volume 1

BEAD Five-Year Plan

IBO has submitted the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) Five-Year Plan plan to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to show how the state of Indiana can best incorporate digital equity into broadband planning.

Download the Plan